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Power, Politics and the Cults of Isis

Proceedings of the Vth International Conference of Isis Studies, Boulogne-sur-Mer, October 13-15, 2011

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Edited by Laurent Bricault and Miguel John Versluys

In the Hellenistic and Roman world intimate relations existed between those holding power and the cults of Isis. This book is the first to chart these various appropriations over time within a comparative perspective. Ten carefully selected case studies show that “the Egyptian gods” were no exotic outsiders to the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean, but constituted a well institutionalised and frequently used religious option. Ranging from the early Ptolemies and Seleucids to late Antiquity, the case studies illustrate how much symbolic meaning was made with the cults of Isis by kings, emperors, cities and elites. Three articles introduce the theme of Isis and the longue durée theoretically, simultaneously exploring a new approach towards concepts like ruler cult and Religionspolitik.

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Christian H. Bull

have been presented in a narrative framework, explaining how the teachings were delivered to Hermes from a superhuman revealer such as Poimandres, Agathodaimon, or Kneph. 2 The teachings and myths in these early treatises, it has been argued, reflect the self-image, and advance the interests of

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able to assume the mantle of father at the death of the previous master, and thus ensure the survival of the group. The ritual framework for a succession of fathers therefore seems to be present. Of course, in practice such a succession might be contested, and a group could gradually dissolve if the

The Tradition of Hermes Trismegistus

The Egyptian Priestly Figure as a Teacher of Hellenized Wisdom

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Christian H. Bull

In The Tradition of Hermes Trismegistus, Christian H. Bull argues that the treatises attributed to Hermes Trismegistus reflect the spiritual exercises and ritual practices of loosely organized brotherhoods in Egypt. These small groups were directed by Egyptian priests educated in the traditional lore of the temples, but also conversant with Greek philosophy. Such priests, who were increasingly dispossessed with the gradual demise of the Egyptian temples, could find eager adherents among a Greek-speaking audience seeking for the wisdom of the Egyptian Hermes, who was widely considered to be an important source for the philosophies of Pythagoras and Plato. The volume contains a comprehensive analysis of the myths of Hermes Trismegistus, a reevaluation of the Way of Hermes, and a contextualization of this ritual tradition.

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and put the Hermetic teachings and rituals into practice. It will be the aim of the present contribution to throw light on this issue, through consecutively analyzing the Hermetic myths, the way of Hermes, and the religious context of the treatises. 1.1 The Status Quaestionis Since several scholars

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Michael Williams and Karen King. 2 Second, dispensing with words does not add to our conceptual tool-kit. All scholarly endeavours are reductionist, in the sense that they present a limited portion of the phenomena submitted to analysis, which the scholar feels is representative. Humanistic scholarship

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first thing we should look for in our corpus is thus texts dealing with conversion. These protreptic texts will diagnose the problems facing those who are not inducted into the way, and convince them to join by outlining the rewards to be gained and the dangers of continuing their present way of life

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sowed the words of wisdom among them, and they were nourished with ambrosial water.” 17 The logic of the metaphor of rebirth is already present here. If words of wisdom are sown, or inseminated in the disciples, it is only natural that they should at some point bring forth produce. In CH XIII

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characteristic of present civilization are set down, thus instituting the present Iron Age. The position of Osiris in this scheme is unclear. On the one hand, the “secrets of Osiris,” i.e. his adyta, are already established by the time Hermes ascends to heaven, before the creation of humankind, but he is also

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? Another indication that Manetho claimed to have translated his work from sacred stelae is found in Josephus, the only author who quotes fragments of the Aigyptiaka , and not just the epitome. In his Against Apion , we are told that Manetho presented his work as derived from sacred writings. 82 This