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Dissertation

Egypt beyond representation

This research develops and applies a new approach to study Aegyptiaca Romana from a bottom-up, Roman perspective.

Author Sander Müskens
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Materials and materiality of Aegyptiaca Romana

Current approaches to these objects are often still plagued by top-down projections of modern definitions and understandings of Egypt and Egyptian material culture onto the Roman world. Egypt beyond representation instead argues that these artefacts should be studied in their own right, without reducing them from the onset to fixed (Egyptian) meanings. Starting from a novel focus on the materials and materiality of a selection of stone Aegyptiaca from Rome, and by combining archaeological and archaeometric perspectives, this study shows that, while Egyptianness may have been among Roman associations, these objects were able to do much more than merely representing notions of Egypt.