Individuals and Materials in the Greco Roman Cults of Isis

In Individuals and Materials in the Greco-Roman Cults of Isis Valentino Gasparini and Richard Veymiers present 26 studies with a focus on the individuals and groups which animated the diffusion and reception of the cults of Isis and other ...


Author: Valentino Gasparini

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004381346

Category: Social Science

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In Individuals and Materials in the Greco-Roman Cults of Isis Valentino Gasparini and Richard Veymiers present 26 studies with a focus on the individuals and groups which animated the diffusion and reception of the cults of Isis and other Egyptian gods throughout the Hellenistic and Roman worlds.

Gods Spirits and Worship in the Greco Roman World and Early Christianity

For instance , on Delos 2077 : Those who wear black ( melanēphoroi ) and the therapeutists ( therapeutai ) set this up for ... Individuals and Materials in the Greco - Roman Cults of Isis : Agents , Images and Practices ( Leiden : Brill ...


Author: Craig A. Evans

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567703279

Category: Religion

Page: 280

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Greco-Roman religions and superstitions, and early Christianity's engagement with them, are explored in 12 unique studies. The beliefs and fears with regard to demons (or daimons), their origins, and threatening behavior are examined, both in their pagan and Judaeo-Christian contexts. These new studies look at the Greco-Roman heroic gods, how they faced death, and how James and John, the “sons of Thunder,” may well have been viewed in some circles as the equivalent of the “sons of Zeus”, Castor and Pollux. The contributors also explore Roman omens, especially as they relate to Rome's legendary founder Romulus and what light they shed on the omens that accompany the birth and death of Jesus of Nazareth. Particular focus is placed upon Paul, binding spells, women and hymns of exaltation, along with atheism in late antiquity, with special consideration of the charlatan Alexander. Finally, there is a re-visitation of the confusion, misinformation and legends surrounding the discovery of the Qumran caves, including fear of jinn. This book provides invaluable resources for precisely how early Christians interacted with different ideas and traditions around gods and spirits - both benevolent and malevolent - in the Greco-Roman world.

Isis and Sarapis in the Roman World

Isis and Sarapis in the Roman World deals with the integration of the cult of Isis among Roman cults, the subsequent transformation of Isis and Sarapis into gods of the Roman state, and the epigraphic employment of the names of these two ...


Author: Sarolta A. Takács

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015032305131

Category: History

Page: 235

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Isis and Sarapis in the Roman World deals with the integration of the cult of Isis among Roman cults, the subsequent transformation of Isis and Sarapis into gods of the Roman state, and the epigraphic employment of the names of these two deities independent from their cultic context. The myth that the guardians of tradition and Roman religion tried to curb the cult of Isis in order to rid Rome and the Imperium from this decadent cult will be dispelled. A closer look at inscriptions from the Rhine and Danubian provinces shows that most dedicators were not Isiac cult initiates and that women did not outnumber men as dedicators. Inscriptions that mention the two deities in connection with a wish for the well-being of the emperor and the imperial family are of special significance.

Religion in Roman Egypt

80 A distinct cult of Isis in the neighboring town of Menouthis first comes to light during the late second or early ... describe local cults ( the genre , as we have noted , tended to organize Isis cults according to Greco - Roman ...


Author: David Frankfurter

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691070547

Category: Religion

Page: 314

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This exploration of cultural resilience examines the complex fate of classical Egyptian religion during the centuries from the period when Christianity first made its appearance in Egypt to when it became the region's dominant religion (roughly 100 to 600 C.E. Taking into account the full range of witnesses to continuing native piety--from papyri and saints' lives to archaeology and terracotta figurines--and drawing on anthropological studies of folk religion, David Frankfurter argues that the religion of Pharonic Egypt did not die out as early as has been supposed but was instead relegated from political centers to village and home, where it continued a vigorous existence for centuries. In analyzing the fate of the Egyptian oracle and of the priesthoods, the function of magical texts, and the dynamics of domestic cults, Frankfurter describes how an ancient culture maintained itself while also being transformed through influences such as Hellenism, Roman government, and Christian dominance. Recognizing the special characteristics of Egypt, which differentiated it from the other Mediterranean cultures that were undergoing simultaneous social and political changes, he departs from the traditional "decline of paganism/triumph of Christianity" model most often used to describe the Roman period. By revealing late Egyptian religion in its Egyptian historical context, he moves us away from scenarios of Christian triumph and shows us how long and how energetically pagan worship survived.

Where Dreams May Come

Incubation Sanctuaries in the Greco-Roman World Gil Renberg ... appears shows significant overlap in their cults' operations, an aretalogy was commissioned by a worshiper for Isis alone ingratitude for a cure (I.ThracAeg 205; see pp.


Author: Gil Renberg

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004330238

Category: Social Science

Page: 1132

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In this book, Gil H. Renberg analyzes in detail the vast range of sources for “incubation,” dream-divination at a divinity’s sanctuary or shrine, beginning in Sumerian times but primarily focussing on the Greeks and Greco-Roman Egypt.

Memory and Urban Religion in the Ancient World

Both Apollodorus and Plutarch associate Isis with the town of Byblos; Apollodorus claims Io recovered her son from ... to Roman eyes and suggests that it did not matter particularly whether an object was made from Egyptian materials or ...


Author: Martin Bommas

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441187581

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 272

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Memory and Urban Religion in the Ancient World brings together scholars and researchers working on memory and religion in ancient urban environments. Chapters explore topics relating to religious traditions and memory, and the multifunctional roles of architectural and geographical sites, mythical figures and events, literary works and artefacts. Pagan religions were often less static and more open to new influences than previously understood. One of the factors that shape religion is how fundamental elements are remembered as valuable and therefore preservable for future generations. Memory, therefore, plays a pivotal role when - as seen in ancient Rome during late antiquity - a shift of religions takes place within communities. The significance of memory in ancient societies and how it was promoted, prompted, contested and even destroyed is discussed in detail. This volume, the first of its kind, not only addresses the main cultures of the ancient world - Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome - but also look at urban religious culture and funerary belief, and how concepts of ethnic religion were adapted in new religious environments.

Origins of the Cult of the Virgin Mary

It is in the Greco - Roman cult of Isis that we find material that will interest us in relation to Mary - Isis parallels . 14 By a few centuries before the time of Christ , Isis had become one of the great success stories of the ...


Author: Chris Maunder

Publisher: Burns & Oates

ISBN: UOM:39015073666656

Category: Religion

Page: 206

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This book offers new insight and understanding of the cult of Mary from its earliest incarnations in Christianity. >

Mystic Cults in Magna Graecia

Isis. Cult. in. Campania: Site. and. Materials. PAOLO CAPUTO In 1992, during the construction of a gas pipeline, ... lying on the site identified by Paget2 as pertaining to the Greco-Roman port of the town, right in the middle of what ...


Author: Giovanni Casadio

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292749948

Category: Religion

Page: 390

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In Vergil's Aeneid, the poet implies that those who have been initiated into mystery cults enjoy a blessed situation both in life and after death. This collection of essays brings new insight to the study of mystic cults in the ancient world, particularly those that flourished in Magna Graecia (essentially the area of present-day Southern Italy and Sicily). Implementing a variety of methodologies, the contributors to Mystic Cults in Magna Graecia examine an array of features associated with such "mystery religions" that were concerned with individual salvation through initiation and hidden knowledge rather than civic cults directed toward Olympian deities usually associated with Greek religion. Contributors present contemporary theories of ancient religion, field reports from recent archaeological work, and other frameworks for exploring mystic cults in general and individual deities specifically, with observations about cultural interactions throughout. Topics include Dionysos and Orpheus, the Goddess Cults, Isis in Italy, and Roman Mithras, explored by an international array of scholars including Giulia Sfameni Gasparro ("Aspects of the Cult of Demeter in Magna Graecia") and Alberto Bernabé ("Imago Inferorum Orphica"). The resulting volume illuminates this often misunderstood range of religious phenomena.

Nile Into Tiber

Egypt in the Roman World : Proceedings of the IIIrd International Conference of Isis Studies, Faculty of Archaeology, ... to Greco-Roman cults in [the] part of Egypt [where such temples went up]”.128 Frankfurter seems to underplay.


Author: Laurent Bricault

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004154209

Category: Religion

Page: 562

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"Egypt in the Roman world" --- Studies on the meaning of Aegyptiaca Romana and the understanding of the cults of Isis in their local context.

Charts on the Life Letters and Theology of Paul

Nero (AD 54-68) In 55 AD, the Senate in Rome set up a statue of Nero in the temple of Mars Ultor (Tacitus Ann. 13.8.1)—the first time since ... Cult of Isis In the final version of the myth in Plutarch, Osiris died by drowning in a sea.


Author: Lars Kierspel

Publisher: Kregel Academic

ISBN: 9780825429361

Category: Religion

Page: 284

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"This useful contribution by Lars Kierspel provides us with a treasure trove of information on Paul's world, life and ministry, churches, letters, and thought. All of this is condensed into a format of some 111 charts, each covering a different topic related to Paul and his epistles. The charts are arranged into four categories, covering Paul's background and context, his life and ministry, his letters, and finally his theological concepts. Though not completely exhaustive in scope, Kierspel covers the main issues in each category, such as the religious and political context of Paul's world and the setting of each Pauline letter, with brief introductions ("snapshots") of its contents. Current scholarly debates about such things as authorship and interpretation of problem passages are treated thoroughly and in a balanced presentation, with ample bibliographical notes for further investigation. Especially valuable are his treatments of topics of particular current interest and scholarly debate, such as the role of women in Paul's churches, the meaning of his phrase "faith (of) Christ," and the "new perspective" on Paul, to mention but a few."--John Polhill, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.