Between religion and politics

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

Authors

  • Ronaldo Guilherme Gurgel Pereira New University of Lisbon

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20396/figura.v8i2.13603

Keywords:

Cultural identity, Greeks in Egypt, Egyptian religion, Hellenistic egypt

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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Author Biography

Ronaldo Guilherme Gurgel Pereira, New University of Lisbon

PhD in Egyptology from the University of Basel - Universität Basel. Post-Doctorate by New University of Lisbon.

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Published

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: Studies on the Classical Tradition, 8(2), 8–35. https://doi.org/10.20396/figura.v8i2.13603