Pharaonic Egypt and the Ara Pacis in Augustan Rome

46 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2009

Date Written: September 2007


This paper explores processes of cultural appropriation, and specifically Augustan visual receptions of pharaonic Egypt. As a test case, I consider the possibility of Egyptianizing precedents for the Ara Pacis, including the architecture of Middle and New Kingdom jubilee chapels. This requires looking at the Augustan interventions into the traditional temple complexes of Egypt, the transmission of imperial ideas about pharaonic Egypt to Rome, their uses there, and the role of pharaonic appropriations within a broader landscape of Aegyptiaca in Rome.

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Trimble, Jennifer, Pharaonic Egypt and the Ara Pacis in Augustan Rome (September 2007). Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 090701, Available at SSRN: or

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