Isis, Osiris, and Serapis

Martin Bommas

in The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199571451
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191750540 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Isis, Osiris, and Serapis

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This article discusses the spread of the cults of Egyptian gods from Alexandria to the rest of the known world. It covers the worship of Isis, Osiris, and Serapis; the myth of Osiris; Plutarch's De Iside et Osiride; Hellenistic Isis in Roman Egypt; Isis cults in the Mediterranean; and Isis and Osiris in Rome.

Keywords: Egyptian cults; Egyptian religion; cult of Isis; Plutarch; Hellenistic Isis; Roman Egypt; Isis cults; myth of Osiris

Article.  8232 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology of the Near East ; Egyptian Archaeology

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