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Isis in the ancient world /
R.E. Witt.
imprint
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
description
336 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0801856426, 9780801856426
format(s)
Book
Subjects
personal subject
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imprint
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
isbn
0801856426
9780801856426
general note
Originally published: Isis in the Graeco-Roman world. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1971.
Trinity Library copy purchased in honour of Scott Harris (Student Library Assistant, 2015-2018).
catalogue key
5934827
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [327]-331) and index.
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"Particularly stimulating is the attempt to assess the impact of the Isis cult on Christianity. Here Dr. Witt is able to deploy his wide knowledge of the religion of the Byzantine era and its sequel in Greek Orthodoxy, and he is also able to correct the severe underestimation of the moral appeal of the Isis cult which has hitherto prevailed among historians of Christianity."--J. Gywn Griffiths, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology
This is in many ways a pioneering book by an author who knows how to use archaeological as well as literary evidence. It is an important contribution to an understanding of the religious attitudes of ordinary men and women who lived under the rule of the Caesars... [It is a ] well-written, well-planned, and finely illustrated work [that] contributes powerfully to our knowledge of significant aspects of the Graeco-Roman world.
"This is in many ways a pioneering book by an author who knows how to use archaeological as well as literary evidence. It is an important contribution to an understanding of the religious attitudes of ordinary men and women who lived under the rule of the Caesars... [It is a ] well-written, well-planned, and finely illustrated work [that] contributes powerfully to our knowledge of significant aspects of the Graeco-Roman world."-- Times Literary Supplement
Distinguished for its learning and its use of fascinating and little-known iconographic material... The importance of this study, both for the history of religions and of Graeco-Roman society, lies in the evidence, assembled and interpreted, of a widespread desire to worship a goddess who embodied maternal compassion and omnipotent wisdom.
"Distinguished for its learning and its use of fascinating and little-known iconographic material... The importance of this study, both for the history of religions and of Graeco-Roman society, lies in the evidence, assembled and interpreted, of a widespread desire to worship a goddess who embodied maternal compassion and omnipotent wisdom."-- History Today
Particularly stimulating is the attempt to assess the impact of the Isis cult on Christianity. Here Dr. Witt is able to deploy his wide knowledge of the religion of the Byzantine era and its sequel in Greek Orthodoxy, and he is also able to correct the severe underestimation of the moral appeal of the Isis cult which has hitherto prevailed among historians of Christianity.
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Summaries
Main Description
This is the first study to document the extent and complexity of the cult's influence of Graeco-Roman and early Christian culture.
Main Description
Worship of the Egyptian goddess Isis dates as far back as 2500 B.C. and extended at least until the fifth century A.D. throughout the Roman world. The importance of her cult is attested to in Apuleius's Golden Ass , and evidence of its influence has been found in places as far apart as Afghanistan and Portugal, the Black Sea and northern England. The first study to document the extent and complexity of the cult's influence on Graeco-Roman and early Christian culture, R. E. Witt's acclaimed Isis in the Ancient World is now available in paperback.
Main Description
Worship of the Egyptian goddess Isis dates as far back as 2500 B.C. and extended at least until the fifth century A.D. throughout the Roman world. The importance of her cult is attested to in Apuleius's Golden Ass, and evidence of its influence has been found in places as far apart as Afghanistan and Portugal, the Black Sea and northern England. The first study to document the extent and complexity of the cult's influence on Graeco-Roman and early Christian culture, R. E. Witt's acclaimed Isis in the Ancient World is now available in paperback.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. 7
Prefacep. 11
The Ancient Goddess of the Nilep. 13
Isis, Giver of Lifep. 25
Osiris - Brother, Husband, Sonp. 36
The Spread of the Egyptian Faithp. 46
In the House of Isisp. 59
To the Shores of Italyp. 70
The Holy Servants of Isisp. 89
Telling Forth Her Praisesp. 100
The One Whose Names Cannot Be Numberedp. 111
The All-Loving Motherp. 130
Great Artemis-Isisp. 141
Mystery and Sacramentp. 152
The Procession to the Shipp. 165
Healing the Sickp. 185
The Guardian Guide and Heraldp. 198
The Young King and Lord of Allp. 210
The Goddess Darling of Roman Emperorsp. 222
Xenophon's Isiac Romancep. 243
The Pauline Viewp. 255
The Great Forerunnerp. 269
Abbreviationsp. 282
Notesp. 284
Bibliographyp. 327
Sources of Illustrationsp. 331
Indexp. 332
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