Time: 12:00 pm til 1:00 pm
Location: UNF Archaeology Lab
Description: During the Roman and Byzantine periods in Egypt, the frontier area at the south displayed a number of interesting long term interactions between various Nubian groups (such as the Meroites, Blemmyes and Nobadae) and the Roman rulers of Egypt. As with many frontier areas, there does not seem to have been a clear distinction of cultural identity, political control, and religious affiliation. This situation often led to serious conflicts with both sides claiming legitimate control of the temples and administrative places in the Aswan area. The introduction of Christianity to Egypt exacerbated the situation and affected the local populations. This talk will look at these complex interactions and center them through the use of “A man walks into a bar …” scenario. Slides of the speaker's own field research in the Aswan area, especially at Philae temple, will be highlighted.
Dr. Eugene Cruz-Uribe is a Professor of History at Indiana University East.
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