Resurrection in Alexandria

The Painted Greco–Roman Tombs of Kom al-Shuqafa

Anne-Marie Guimier-Sorbets
André Pelle
Mervat Seif el-Din
Introduction by Jean-Yves Empereur
Translated byColin Clement

In the Greco-Roman catacombs of Alexandria, uniquely decorated tombs from the time when religious boundaries blurred and syncretistic beliefs flourish

English edition
15 July 2017
172 pp.
200 illus. color and b/w
24X24cm
ISBN 9789774168291
For sale worldwide

$49.95

In the Greco-Roman catacombs of Alexandria, uniquely decorated tombs from the time when religious boundaries blurred and syncretistic beliefs flourished have long been known. But it was only in 1993 that researchers discovered faint traces of paintings on walls previously thought to be blank, or underneath other painted scenes: the hidden scenes could be partly made out and photographed using ultraviolet light. Then in 2012, new computer technology was used to reveal the lost images—and colors—even more clearly. Here the team present, examine, and interpret what they found, teasing meaning and intent from the alternating scenes of Greek and Egyptian mythology, as employed by the citizens of a multicultural Alexandria at the beginning of the second century CE, in pursuit of a happy afterlife.

André Pelle

Based in Alexandria, ANDRÉ PELLE is a specialist in archaeological photography with France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Born in Alexandria and now based in France, GEORGES MOUSTAKI is a singer and performer who has recorded numerous albums and composed music for films.

Jean-Yves Empereur

Jean-Yves Empereur was born in 1952 and studied Classics. He is a former secretary general of the French School at Athens and in that capacity served as field director of excavations, particularly on underwater sites, in Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus. He is director of research at the National Center for Scientific Research and director of the Center for Alexandrian Studies, which was founded in 1990.
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