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Old 16-08-20, 15:50   #1
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First of all poseidon is not an egyptian god.

Second of all they already did a poseidon temple in the first tomb raider game.
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Old 16-08-20, 16:25   #2
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You are correct that Poseidon was not an Egyptian God. However, in TR4, the Temple of Poseidon is in Alexandria which was a Greek city, founded by Alexander The Great (Macedonian Greek) and Egypt's capital during the Ptolemaic Kingdom (an Hellenistic State ruled by a Macedonian Greek royal family). During this period, there was a syncretism of Greek and Egyptian religions, with the biggest example being Serapis, a new god created by Ptolemy I Soter who combined the Egyptian gods Apis and Osiris with the Greek gods Zeus, Hades, Asklepios, Dionysos, and Helios.

Doing some quick research about Ancient Alexandria, I found that during Strabo's time (a Greek geographer), close to Alexandria's Great Theater was in fact a Temple of the Sea God Poseidon.

So all in all, it seems Core actually did their research and a Temple of Poseidon in Alexandria is actually historically correct.

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Old 16-08-20, 20:37   #3
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That makes sense I kinda figured since I noticed Alexandria wasn't an egyptian name either.

Just wasn't expecting this in an egyptian themed game.
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I love that they referenced the Grecian influence on part of Egyptian history in the game. I thought that was really nice touch and helped make some levels look a little different architecturally.
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Old 17-08-20, 13:10   #5
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That makes sense I kinda figured since I noticed Alexandria wasn't an egyptian name either.

Just wasn't expecting this in an egyptian themed game.
But Ptolemic Egypt is still Egypt. Greek influence is kind of hard to ignore.
In fact most of the Egyptian Gods are known by their Greek names today.
For example Osiris, is actually, wsjr, but the historians don't agree on how his name was pronounced. Because the ancient egyptian lacked any vowels.
Anubis was Anpu, and Isis was Aset.

Ancient Egyptian was deciphered thanks to the Rosetta stone. The text on it was written in both Greek, and ancient Egyptian. Some of the Egyptian cults eventually moved to Rome, and they created small pyramids in their homeland.
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Lordbony.
because what there is alexandria. and the word alexandria is Greek from Alexandros the great. therefore honor was given to the Greek god of the seas Poseidon!
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It also makes the game more interesting, I feel, seeing different parts of the country dating from different time periods. Having the entire game set in Egypt, if it was all Old Kingdom mummies and pyramids, would probably get a little stale
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Old 22-08-20, 22:45   #8
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But Ptolemic Egypt is still Egypt. Greek influence is kind of hard to ignore.
Precisely.

Cleopatra herself, best known as "The Queen of Egypt" was of Macedonian-Greek heritage, along with the rest of the Ptolemaic dynasty.
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