Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, Alan Johnston, François Leclère, Aurélia Masson and Ross Thomas

With Daniel von Recklinghausen, Jeffrey Spencer, Valerie Smallwood, Virginia Webb and Susan Woodford

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The decoration of the temple of Amun


Daniel von Recklinghausen

This chapter provides a short overview of the soubassement (dado) of the temple of Amun at Naukratis decorated during the reign of Ptolemy I. Few fragments are known today and represent the only extant material remains from a building in this sanctuary. The decoration is executed to a high standard. A comparison with soubasssements of Upper Egyptian temples of the Graeco-Roman period makes a setting on the exterior walls of the naos building probable. Furthermore, there are striking textual parallels between the Naukratis soubassements and some soubassements in the Upper Egyptian temples, namely Edfu, which are of a much later date. This phenomenon may indicate the use of an identical source or even a pattern book.

Soubassement relief from Naukratis (Museum August Kestner, Hannover, Inv. 1970.39), courtesy of Museum August Kestner, Hannover.