Figure of Zeus seated on an eagle - ROM2010_11669_27


Figure of Zeus seated on an eagle

Medium:Mould-made earthenware
Geography: From al-Fayyūm, Egypt
Date: c. 100-200 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
15.2 x 8.9 cm
Object number: 916.1.60
Credit Line: The Walter Massey Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: Roman Egypt

Greek Gods in Roman Egypt

Ptolemaic rule and the influx of Greeks fostered the growth of Greek gods in Egypt. By the Roman period, the Olympian gods were firmly established there. The ready identification of certain Greek and Egyptian deities (for example, Aphrodite and Demeter with Isis, and Eros with Harpocrates/Horus) facilitated their acceptance. Greek gods were never "Egyptianized": they were always represented in their true Classical guise.

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