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Approaching Late AntiquityThe Transformation from Early to Late Empire$
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Simon Swain and Mark Edwards

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297375

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297375.001.0001

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Painted Hellenes: Mummy Portraits from Late Roman Egypt

Painted Hellenes: Mummy Portraits from Late Roman Egypt

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(p.310) 12 Painted Hellenes: Mummy Portraits from Late Roman Egypt
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Approaching Late Antiquity
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Susan Walker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297375.003.0012

About one thousand mummy portraits have survived from Roman Egypt. They constitute a unique record in colour of a group of individuals, many resident in the towns and villages of the Fayum, but others living in the settlements of the Nile Valley and even on the Mediterranean littoral. This chapter explores the changes in representation of these persons in mummy portraits of the later 3rd and 4th centuries ad, when the educated elite of Hellenic cultural affiliation were concentrated in settlements in the Nile valley.

Keywords:   Roman Egypt, mummy portraits, Nile Valley, settlements

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