Individuals and Materials in the Greco-Roman Cults of Isis (SET)

Agents, Images, and Practices

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In Individuals and Materials in the Greco-Roman Cults of Isis Valentino Gasparini and Richard Veymiers present a collection of reflections on the individuals and groups which animated one of Antiquity’s most dynamic, significant and popular religious phenomena: the reception of the cults of Isis and other Egyptian gods throughout the Hellenistic and Roman worlds. These communities, whose members seem to share the same religious identity, for a long time have been studied in a monolithic way through the prism of the Cumontian category of the “Oriental religions”. The 26 contributions of this book, divided into three sections devoted to the “agents”, their “images” and their “practices”, shed new light on this religious movement that appears much more heterogeneous and colorful than previously recognized.

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Valentino Gasparini, Ph.D. (Siena, 2009), is currently Research Fellow at the University Carlos III of Madrid, leading a project on “Lived Ancient Religion in North Africa” (2018-2022). He is going to defend his habilitation at the University of Erfurt with a dissertation entitled Isiacus. Agency, experience and communication in everyday Isiac cultic practice. Richard Veymiers, Ph.D. (Liège, 2008), started a directorship at the Royal Museum of Mariemont after serving as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at Leiden University in 2017-2018. His scholarly interests (exemplified by the volumes of the Bibliotheca Isiaca series) focus on the functioning of visual cultures and their role within the processes of culture-contact, mobility and transference in the ancient societies.
"Ces deux volumes constituent une somme qui fait honneur à ses deux éditeurs et aux nombreux auteurs. Le soin apporté à la publication mérite ’être souligné ; il est le fruit d’efforts dont on imagine aisément la lourdeur."
- Corinne Bonnet, Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, October 2019.

"This book represents an immense step forward not only for Isiac studies but for the study of the ancient world as a whole. The contributions present a great range of methodologies as well as focal points within the broader topic at a consistently high level of research and editing. Such a kaleidoscope of good work is hugely valuable for the discipline (...) This volume is already a reference work for the ages and sets a high bar for future research."
- Stephanie Pearson, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Arys 17, 2019.

Primarily specialists in Greek, Roman and Egyptian religions, but also experts in cultural interaction during Antiquity. Students interested by these fields.