Inscribed Statue Bases from Ptolemaic Alexandria

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Tags: Alexandria, annual meeting, Anthropology, Archaeology, ASOR, ASORTV, Fathia Gaber Ebrahim, Ptolemaic
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At the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting, Fathia Gaber Ebrahim presented her paper, “Inscribed Statue Bases from Ptolemaic Alexandria.” She also took the time to meet with the ASORtv team to present her paper for the ASOR YouTube channel. Below you can watch her paper presentation, and read the abstract from the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting program book.

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Abstract from the 2014 Annual Meeting Program book.

Fathia Gaber Ebrahim (Alexandria University), “Inscribed StatueBases from Ptolemaic Alexandria”

In spite of the fact that most of the ancient Alexandrian sculptures have been lost due to several factors, the Alexandrian soil has still yielded a considerable number of statue bases, which were discovered scattered in different parts of the city. B. Tkaczow, in her 1993, Topography of Ancient Alexandria: An Archaeological Map (Warszawa), has managed to collect information about the discovery of these statue bases; she has very thoroughly indicated their locations on her map of the ancient city. The majority of these bases are inscribed, and some of their inscriptions have been published by E. Breccia, 1911: Iscrizioni greche e latine: Le Musé d’Alexandrie, and by P. M. Fraser, 1973: Ptolemaic Alexandria. Except for a few specimens, however, the publications of some of those inscriptions have been very concise, while some others have remained unpublished.

However, this research aims at introducing a catalogue of all statue bases that have been discovered in Alexandria from Ptolemaic period, which includes both published and unpublished pieces, in order to gain a bird’s eye view over the quantity and quality of such monuments, as well as translating, commenting, and analyzing their contents, and comparing it with the roman statue bases.

Such an analytical comparative study may reveal part of the hidden history of ancient Alexandria, and shed more light on its monumental places. They also may give information about the land use and topography of the ancient city as well as other information about names and origins of some of the figures who played a role in the Alexandrian society and deserved to be honored, such as rulers, most dignified deities, official and well known persons.

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