Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Ministry issued a statement on Monday about recently undercovered ruins of a temple to Zeus found in Sinai. NPR reported:
“Egyptian archaeologists unearthed the ruins of a temple for the ancient Greek god Zeus in the Sinai Peninsula, antiquities authorities said Monday.
“The Tourism and Antiquities Ministry said in a statement the temple ruins were found in the Tell el-Farma archaeological site in northwestern Sinai.
“Tell el-Farma, also known by its ancient name Pelusium, dates back to the late Pharaonic period and was also used during Greco-Roman and Byzantine times. There are also remains dating to the Christian and early Islamic periods.”
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though honestly if you Google Tell el-Farma you’ll find essentially the same at countless outlets.
Thanks to Soror Amy for the tip!
Would you agree that this discovery/unearthing demonstrates how deeply cross-pollinated that particular area of the world really was, at that time in history? I’m not an expert on the subject of ancient human cultures, but from what I’ve casually gathered over the years, finding a Temple of Zeus in Egypt makes a lot of sense.
Indeed. An important period of history in that region was the campaigning of Alexander of Macedon which established an empire that stretched from Eastern Europe to the Western edge of India and perhaps more importantly his empire-building strategy, based partially on lessons impressed on him by his teacher Aristotle, which focused on establishing actively trading/commerce through all the regions the Greeks had taken control of and respecting local cultures. Hellenistic culture endured for centuries, and when Roman military overwhelmed the Greeks they largely left things intact, mainly adding more intrusive military policing and tribute extraction to the mix.