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By Molly Swetnam-Burland

This publication examines the urge for food for Egyptian and Egyptian-looking art in Italy throughout the century following Rome's annexation of Aegyptus as a province. within the early imperial interval, Roman curiosity in Egyptian tradition was once common, as evidenced via works starting from the enormous obelisks, delivered to the capital over the Mediterranean Sea by way of the emperors, to in the community made emulations of Egyptian artifacts present in inner most houses and in temples to Egyptian gods. even if the international visual appeal of those works of art was once primary to their allure, this publication situates them inside of their social, political, and creative contexts in Roman Italy. Swetnam-Burland makes a speciality of what those works intended to their proprietors and their audience of their new settings, via exploring facts for the artists who produced them and by means of analyzing their dating to the modern literature that proficient Roman perceptions of Egyptian historical past, customs, and myths.

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