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Ancient Egypt

2007

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Religious Literature Of Late Period And Greco-Roman Egypt, Jacqueline Jay Dec 2006

Religious Literature Of Late Period And Greco-Roman Egypt, Jacqueline Jay

Jacqueline E. Jay

Although Egypt was ruled by foreigners during most of the Late and Greco-Roman periods, native religious traditions remained strong and the period witnessed the production of a wide variety of religious texts written in the Egyptian language. This article presents many of the major religious texts of Egypt's Late and Greco-Roman periods and comments on the trends of continuity and change that they suggest. It is divided into three sections. The first discusses texts written on temple walls or on papyri stored in temple scriptoria which speak to the ritual and theological activities of the priesthood. The second examines ...