The studies of the Isiac Cults are forty years old. Many of the scholars who have contributed to the development of this particular field of research, - the diffusion of the Egyptian cults in the Graeco-Roman world -, met in the Futuroscope of Poitiers for a three-day colloquium, to establish the progress of research, and the subjects which need more discussion. The synthesis of this colloquium is presented in this volume. The best specialists in the world give their assessment of the past forty years of research: which tools do students and scholars have? Which -provisional- conclusions can be drawn about, for example, the hellenization of Isis, the reality of the Roman soldier's devotion to Isis or Sarapis, the celebration of the
Isiaca in Rome from Republican days well into the Empire? This volume is a very useful update on what we do and do not know in the study of the Isiac cults in the Graeco-Roman world.
Laurent Bricault, Ph.D. in Egyptology (1994), University of Paris-Sorbonne, is preparing the extensive publication of epigraphical, numismatical and bibliographical
corpora on the Isiac cults. He has published a catalogue of the Graeco-Roman
epicleseis of Isis, Sarapis and Anubis:
Myrionymi (Teubner, 1996) and is the director of the international numismatic project
SNRIS (Sylloge Nummorum Religionis Isiacae et Sarapiacae).
All those interested in religious history, the relations between Egypt and the Graeco-Roman World, as well as historians of ancient religions, hellenists, romanists and specialists in iconography of Antiquity.