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Ptolemaic Architecture: some examples

There are temples across Egypt and Nubia built in a traditional Egyptian style. Indeed most of the well preserved Egyptian temples (Edfu, Denderah, Kom Ombo, Philae) date to the Ptolemaic Period (often finished under the Romans). From many other temple buildings only loose blocks (Koptos) or the foundations survived.


The Greek settlers living in Egypt also built temple and other buildings in Greek style. Little is known and excavated from these buildings. Alexandria in particular must have offered many examples of Greek style architecture. As in sculpture, there is no clear evidence in large-scale monumental architecture for a hybrid Egyptian-Greek style before the Roman Period.

further reading:

Arnold 199 : 137-224 (summary in chronological order)


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