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Fig. 38. Foundation plaques of Harpocrates temple

At least three statues of Kings in Egyptian style, two in Greek style, were revealed in the site of Sarapeion, some of which preserving only the inscribed base. It is surprisingly interesting that bases of Egyptian style Royal statues bear dedicatory inscriptions made Greek Alexandrians in Greek, indicating that Egyptian or Egyptian style media were intended to express the relation between Alexandrian authority and the Greek-speaking elite society18. Of course these Egyptian media did coexist with Greek style works such as the colossal marble portraits of Queen Berenike II19 and Ptolemy III or IV, today in Louvre which follow the artistic style pioneered by Praxiteles, an Athenian sculptor of the 4th century BC (Figs. 39-40). It was found next to a male head, which has been identified as Ptolemy III or IV and follows the same style.


Fig. 40. Statue of Ptolemy Louvre

Fig. 39. Statue of Berenike

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See statue base of Arsinoe II, dedicated by Thestor, son of Satyros (in situ), Savvopoulos, 2010, 80. Graeco-Roman Museum, 3908. Bianchi and Savvopoulos, 2012, no. 22.

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