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date: 04 April 2020

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This chapter describes and reviews the methods applied since the beginning of Egyptology for editing and reading the texts of “Ptolemaic” temples. Modern analyses focus on the elaborate network of scenes and texts, emphasizing the systemic construction of the decoration program. Because of the mass of textual and visual data, the balance is difficult to keep between global overviews and detailed studies. Paying more attention to the architectural setting of Ptolemaic texts, and revisiting the concepts of cryptography and iconography, could help to refresh the conception of the “temple grammar” and to better understand the frame of mind of the Ptolemaic priests who elaborated the last hieroglyphic monuments.

Keywords: Ptolemaic temple, Ptolemaic text, architectural setting, cryptography, iconography, temple grammar, Ptolemaic priest

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