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Die dreisprachige Stele des C. Cornelius Gallus (Archiv Fur Papyrusforschung Und Verwandte Gebiete) (German Edition) (German) Hardcover – August 19, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-3110201208 ISBN-10: 3110201208 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Archiv Fur Papyrusforschung Und Verwandte Gebiete (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter; 1 edition (August 19, 2009)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3110201208
  • ISBN-13: 978-3110201208
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This is a welcome addition to the corpus of the so-called trilingual inscriptions from Hellenistic and Roman Egypt. The authors speak with one voice in presenting the stele now in Cairo. They review its architectural context at the time of its discovery and emphatically deny that its damaged state can be used as evidence for the condemnatio memoriae of this C. Cornelius Gallus. They suggest, correctly to my mind, that the stele was in all probably destroyed by the ephemeral Meroitic "invasion" of Philae during the reign of Augustus. Its dismembered fragments were then reincorporated as fill in a subsequent structure, citing the circumstances of the discovery of the Kalabsha Gateway in Berlin as a related example.

They present their analysis of the damaged scene in its lunette with a discussion of the motif of the mounted horseman in Egyptian art. They present a new edition of the hieroglyphic caption accompanying this representation and, although their reconstruction of this text differs from that previously proposed by E. Bresciani, they agree with her that the text names Gallus and not Augustus.

They provide translations and detailed commentaries on the main texts in a way that I find refreshing inasmuch as they avoid speculation and candidly state what can and cannot be understood.

In my view, the way in which this team of scholars presents this admittedly problematic stele is laudable and creditable. The volume should, therefore, serve as an exemplar for others attempting similar interdisciplinary syntheses.

Dr Robert Steven Bianchi
Curator responsible for the antiquities, Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, Geneve
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