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Perspectives on Panopolis: An Egyptian town from Alexander the Great to the Arab Conquest

Acts From an International Symposium Held in Leiden on 16, 17 and 18 December 1998


Edited by Egberts, Brian Muhs and van der Vliet

Panopolis, the modern town of Akhmîm in Southern Egypt, was in Graeco-Roman times an important religious and cultural centre. Its gigantic temple was a stronghold of traditional Egyptian religion. In Late Antiquity it became a major centre of Hellenistic literature and learning and, at the same time, of Coptic monasticism.
The sources for Graeco-Roman Panopolis are numerous and diverse. They not only include numerous texts of all genres in various scripts and languages, but archaeological artefacts too. This volume brings together seventeen contributions, dealing with epigraphy, both hieroglyphic and Greek, Greek papyri, Demotic funerary texts, Coptic literature and local monastic architecture. Without neglecting the heuristic problems which these various sources pose, they conjure up a vivid picture of a world marked by profound religious and cultural change.

The Monuments of Seti I

Epigraphic, Historical and Art Historical Analysis


P. Brand

One of ancient Egypt’s most outstanding and important rulers was Seti I. He is especially notorious for his wars in neighboring Western Asia, Libya and Nubia. But he is also renowned, perhaps even more so, for his impressive building programs.
Peter Brand’s groundbreaking study is a major contribution to clarifying the internal history of the reign of Seti I, and revolutionizes our understanding of Seti’s restoration program. It offers many new insights into the length of his reign, the royal succession and the establishment of the Ramesside house.
Apart from a thorough analysis and interpretation, the reader will find detailed catalogues of Seti’s original monuments, restorations and additions to those of his predecessors, including extended examinations of the Karnak Hypostyle Hall and Abydos and Gurnah temples, as well as new epigraphic and art historical criteria elucidating the chronology, the state of the program at his death, and separating his reliefs from those of Rameses I and II. The book contains many previously unpublished photographs and plans.

Hundred-Gated Thebes

Acts of a Symposium on Thebes and the Theban Area in the Graeco-Roman Period


P.W. Pestman and Vleeming

The choachytes (or morticians) of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes provided a rich documentation linking the city of the living on one side of the Nile with the city of the dead on the other. The family archives of these choachytes deal to a large part with their professional role in serving the dead entrusted to their care, but they are also virtually our only source of information about the city of Thebes, whose physical remains were ruthlessly obliterated in the nineteenth century. This material constitute one end of a chain which links the temple statues of Amun's servants and descriptions of their houses on the one hand with their tombs and their tomb inventories on the other, allowing us to identify individual choachytes from their papers. The papyrological finds can thus provide an exact dating for objects that might otherwise be only dated to within several centuries, while the objects themselves and the tomb architecture provide a factual dimension to historical and legal documents which might otherwise remain flat and arid.
It was in order to draw attention to the richness of all the constituent parts of this documentation that a number of scholars were invited to present their views on Graeco-Roman Thebes at a colloqium held from 9 to 11 September 1992 in Leiden, the Netherlands. The survey papers and communications presented at this colloqium are published here.

Edited by Westenholz

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem is proud to inaugurate its series of scholarly publications with the proceedings of the symposium "Seals and Sealing in the Ancient World," which took place at the Museum on Thursday, September 2, 1993. This symposium was held in conjunction with the opening of the Gallery of Symbolic Communication, which exhibits the history and development of seals, the technologies of seal-making and the varied roles that seals have played through the millennia. The seal itself was an important element in the ancient society of the Near East, and study of its multifaceted significance is richly rewarding. The seal expresses the relationships between persons, the economic hierarchy and legal identity, as well as rendering visible the mythopoeic interpretation of the universe - the relationship between the divine and human worlds. Continued study of seals is essential, for the more we learn about them, the more knowledge we amass about ancient Near Easterm society and thought. We hope that these articles will further that endeavour.

The Eponymous Priests of Ptolemaic Egypt

Chronological Lists of the Priests of Alexandria and Ptolemais with a Study of the Demotic Transcriptions of their Names. With the Assistance of S.P. Vleeming


Clarysse and van der Veken

A Guide to the Zenon Archive

A. Lists and Surveys. B. Indexes and Maps


P.W. Pestman