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The Demotic Graffiti from the Temple of Isis on Philae Island

By Eugene Cruz-Uribe

The Demotic Graffiti from the Temple of Isis on Philae Island
Hardback, 338 pages £81.00
Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781937040475
Format: 279mm x 216mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Egyptology, Lockwood Press
Series: Material and Visual Culture of Ancient Egypt

This volume publishes 534 new Demotic graffiti recorded at the temple of Isis on Philae Island, presented with drawings and photographs. New editions of 101 of the graffiti that were published by F. Griffith in his Catalogue of the Demotic Papyri in the Dodecaschoenus (1937) are published here. These re-edited texts were mainly chosen because new drawings provided significant new readings from those made by Griffith, or they helped elucidate the scope and meaning of some of the new graffiti by placement. The volume also includes an essay interpreting the role of the graffiti in understanding the political and religious activities at Philae temple during the last centuries of worship of the goddess Isis, mainly by Nubian priests and pilgrims.






All told, this book provides a valuable resource in understanding worship in Egyptian temples at a time when Egypt was becoming Christian. It will be of use to those interested in ancient temples, ancient Egypt, ancient Nubia, and the Christianization of Egypt. It ought to be of more interest to students of the Bible.


- John Gee, Review of Biblical Literature, 18/01/18

Eugene Cruz-Uribe is Professor of History at Indiana University East.  He is coauthor (with Jitse H. F. Dijkstra) of Syene I: The Figural and Textual Graffiti from the Temple of Isis at Aswan( 2012) and author of Hibis Temple Project, vol. 3: Graffiti from the Temple Precinct (2008).



Publication Details:

 Hardback , 338 pages
 279mm x 216mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002030, SOC003000
 Lockwood Press


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