Anguiform graffiti in the Roman quarries at Gebel el Silsila

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The current issue of Journal of Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Archaeology is mainly dedicated to the various aspects of Renenutet/Isis Thermouthis, but also snake-like deities, their iconography and associated apotropaia. This paper will explore three main topics associated with this topic within the sandstone quarry of Gebel el Silsila: 1) Graeco-Roman anguiform pictorial representations, 2) various deities defined (or associated) with the demotic snake-determinative pA-Si (Shaï/Psais, also known as Agathodaimon), and 3) a unique textual reference to the Greek/Hellenistic goddess (Agatha) Tyche (Fate), who occasionally was regarded an ally of Isis Thermouthis and a Greek female form of the more frequently listed Egyptian Shaï.


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  • Archaeology
  • Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-96
JournalJournal of Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Archaeology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch

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