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Greeks and Some Romans on the Pyramids
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3983-9132
2016 (English)In: The pyramids: between life and death: Proceedings of the workshop held at Uppsala University, May 31st to June 1st., 2012 / [ed] Irmgard Hein, Nils Billing, Erika Meyer-Dietrich, Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2016, p. 13-25Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper is intended as a straightforward, light-hearted survey of passages in Greek literature dealing with the pyramids from Herodotus to late antiquity; it refers also to various passages in Latin imperial authors. The chief question is: Did the Greeks and Romans view the pyramids differently than we do today? It turns out that fascination for the size and construction of the pyramids is something common to all times, but less so their great antiquity. Scientific interest in the pyramids from mathematicians and engineers is not in evidence among Greek scientific authors, somewhat surprisingly. The pyramids also carried certain negative connotations for Greeks and Romans that are not common today, primarily, connotations of extravagant and useless opulence as well as of tyrannical oppression, though the latter lives on somewhat. The pyramids as a touted tourist attraction remain common to Greek antiquity and our contemporary culture.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2016. p. 13-25
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Boreas: Uppsala studies in ancient Mediterranean and Near-Eastern civilizations, ISSN 0346-6442 ; 36
Keywords [en]
Egypt, pyramids, greek, latin
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-141723ISBN: 978-91-554-9169-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-141723DiVA, id: diva2:1088626
Available from: 2017-04-13 Created: 2017-04-13 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved

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