Isis on the Nile. Egyptian Gods in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt: Proceedings of the IVth International Conference of Isis Studies, Liège, November 27-29 2008

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Laurent Bricault, Miguel John Versluys
BRILL, Dec 17, 2010 - Religion - 293 pages
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The diffusion of the cults of Isis is recently again intensively studied. Research on this fascinating phenomenon has traditionally been characterised by its focus on L'Égypte hors d'Égypte, while developments in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt itself were often seen as belonging to a different domain. This volume tries to overcome that unhealthy dichotomy by studying the cults of Isis in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt itself in relation to developments in the Mediterranean at large. The book not only presents an overview of the most important deities, often based on new or unpublished material, but also pays ample attention to the cultural processes behind Isis on Nile, like relations between style and identity, religious choice, social- and cultural memory and Egypt s view of its own past.
 

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Contents

La gens isiaque de retour au pays
1
Understanding Egypt in Egypt and Beyond
7
The Role of Egyptian Religion and Tradition in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt
37
Culte dIsis ou religion isiaque?
39
How Do You Want Your Goddess? From the Galjub Hoard to a General Vision on Religious Choice in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt
55
Alexandria in Aegypto The Use and Meaning of Egyptian Elements in Hellenistic and Roman Alexandria
75
Cults of Isis in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt
87
Tradition and Innovation
89
Goddess of the Village the Province and the Country
149
Mythologie grecque ou mystère dIsisDéméter?
181
Les isiaques et la petite plastique dans lÉgypte hellénistique et romaine
197
Anubis mit dem Schlüssel in der kaiserzeitlichen Grabkunst Ägyptens
221
Quelques aspects de Bès dans les temples égyptiens de lépoque GrécoRomaine
233
Couronner Souchos pour fêter le retour de la crue
257
Index Nominum
291
Figures
295

Les formes dIsis à Karnak à travers la prosopographie sacerdotale de lépoque Ptolémaïque
121

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About the author (2010)

Laurent Bricault holds a PhD in Egyptology from the Sorbonne and is Professor of Roman history at Universite de Toulouse Le Mirail. Miguel John Versluys holds a PhD from Leiden University and is associate Professor at its Faculty of Archaeology. They are both well known for their many publications in the domain of Isis studies and Egyptian influences on the Roman world. Their previous book, Nile into Tiber. Egypt in the Roman world (RGRW 159) from 2007, was characterised by The Classical Review (2009) as (-) an admirably thorough examination of the complexities of religious acculturation, and an impressive survey of the different approaches that may be taken to the study of this problem . The present volume hopes to achieve the same with regard to Egyptian gods in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt.

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