Between religion and politics

Greek-Egyptian identity in Ptolemaic Egypt (4th – 1st centuries B.C.)

Authors

  • Ronaldo Guilherme Gurgel Pereira CHAM - FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Keywords:

Identidade cultural, Gregos no Egito, Religião Egípcia, Egito Helenístico

Abstract

The Hellenistic civilisation in Egypt was the result of complex relations between two symbolic universes in a constant process of update. The Hellenistic period created a new political reality by gathering together the Greek-Dominant and the Egyptian-Dominated in the same physical space. That new community would coexist during the following three centuries. Consequently, one’s perception of “Us” - and its differentiation from “Them” - become blurred. In this article, Egyptian religion gains a major focus to discuss how cultural updates are shaped by the way individuals understand, classify, and interact with the world surrounding them at a political, religious, cultural, and social levels. Hence, constant, gradual and always unpredictable transformations are in charge of redefinitions of cultural identities. The outcome of such a transformation of cultures is a new symbolic universe – in our case a Hellenistic universe – that developed a new world-view, replacing both traditional Egyptian and Hellenic.

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2020-12-09

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Gurgel Pereira, R. G. (2020). Between religion and politics: Greek-Egyptian identity in Ptolemaic Egypt (4th – 1st centuries B.C.). Figura, 8(2), 8–35. Retrieved from https://econtents.bc.unicamp.br/inpec/index.php/figura/article/view/13603