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Village Institutions in Egypt in the Roman to Early Arab Periods$
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Micaela Langellotti and D. W. Rathbone

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266779

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266779.001.0001

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Festivals and Ceremonies in the Countryside

Festivals and Ceremonies in the Countryside

Chapter:
(p.139) 9 Festivals and Ceremonies in the Countryside
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Village Institutions in Egypt in the Roman to Early Arab Periods
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Andrea Jördens

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266779.003.0009

In Egyptian festival culture, celebrations in honour of gods and rulers were the most important ones. In the case of villages, however, both written evidence and archaeological record regarding festivals are poor. Festivals are normally mentioned in contracts whereby associations and individuals made formal agreements about the engagement of entertainers. Nevertheless, the festive calendars of santuaries, along with oracle inquiries and certificates of victims, allow us to drawn a general picture of the festival culture in the Egyptian countryside. It emerges that, at least for the Roman imperial period, similar features are found in the rural settlements of Asia Minor.

Keywords:   festivals, gods, temples, associations, processions, entertainers, oracle questions, sacrifices

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