17. Petosiris

A Dying Tradition

  1. Steven Snape

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393743.ch17

Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death

Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death

How to Cite

Snape, S. (2011) Petosiris, in Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393743.ch17

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 28 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405120890

Online ISBN: 9781444393743

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Keywords:

  • Petosiris, a dying tradition - trends in tomb building in the Post-Imperial Age;
  • marking the end of dynastic Egyptian ‘culture’ - arrival of Alexander the Great, death of Cleopatra VII, edict of the Christian Emperor Theodosius, and closing of pagan temples;
  • post-New Kingdom Egypt, confusing and disappointing - era typified by weak, fragmentary native Egyptian rule and foreign conquest;
  • nature of tomb-based display - shifting in emphasis and content in the two millennia, from c.3000 to 1000 BC;
  • essential vulnerability of tombs - at a time of political and economic crisis, an essential design flaw;
  • private tombs in the Third Intermediate Period - trend in private tombs, moving away from obvious, elaborately decorated superstructures - to more modest burials;
  • high priests of Amen-Re, closest thing to royalty - in Third Intermediate Period, Thebes and could, command resources to create reasonably impressive tombs;
  • royal tombs of the Third Intermediate Period and Late Period - Egypt in the Third Intermediate Period, lacking an overall centralized authority, no shortage of kings;
  • royal tombs of the Third Intermediate Period at Tanis (and elsewhere);
  • private tombs of the Late Period, archaizing revival at Thebes - major sets of tombs, with elaborate superstructures, known from Late Period Thebes

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Trends in Tomb Building in the Post-Imperial Age

  • The Demise of the Valley of the Kings

  • Private Tombs in the Third Intermediate Period

  • Royal Tombs of the Third Intermediate Period and Late Period

  • Private Tombs of the Late Period

  • Changing Traditions in Graeco-Roman Egypt

  • Epilogue