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In: Individuals and Materials in the Greco-Roman Cults of Isis (SET)
In: Power, Politics and the Cults of Isis
In: Power, Politics and the Cults of Isis

Abstract

Modern historiography has associated ancient visual representations with the Isiac mysteries. Many scholars have indeed sought to find evidence supporting Apuleius’ or Plutarch’s account in figurative media. This paper reassesses the meaning of these images by focusing more on the context to which they belonged. The Isiac mysteries definitely left their trace in the figurative tradition of antiquity in the form of a visual indicator, the mystical cista. This paper builds a sort of “cultural biography” of this motif by exploring its readings and usages from one medium to another, one context to another.

In: Mystery Cults in Visual Representation in Graeco-Roman Antiquity
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.
In: Individuals and Materials in the Greco-Roman Cults of Isis (SET)
In: Individuals and Materials in the Greco-Roman Cults of Isis (SET)
In: Individuals and Materials in the Greco-Roman Cults of Isis (SET)
In: Individuals and Materials in the Greco-Roman Cults of Isis (SET)
In: Individuals and Materials in the Greco-Roman Cults of Isis (SET)