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 


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 The book not only presents an overview of the most important deities, often based on new or unpublished material, but also pays ample attention to the cultural processes behind Isis on Nile, like relations between style and identity, religious choice, social- and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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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. “(…) a coherent, innovative and highly useful book that will become essential reading for all historians and archaeologists interested in the relationship between culture, society and politics in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt.” Livia Capponi, The Classical Review 64.1 (2014), 223, reproduced with permission.
Contributors include: Pascale Ballet, Laurent Coulon, Françoise Dunand, Geneviève Galliano , Angelo Geissen, Olaf Kaper, Pierre Koemoth, Michel Malaise, Frederick Naerebout, Klaus Parlasca, Kyriakos Savvopoulos, Marjorie Venit, Miguel John Versluys, Youri Volokhine
All those interested in Egypt, the Hellenistic and Roman period, religious acculturation, cultural identity, cultural memory, the archaeology of Egypt, Egyptology and the cults of Isis.
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