Although it was never doubted that Alexandria played a pivotal role in shaping and spreading the cults of Egyptian gods such as Isis and Serapis, only little work has gone into addressing the actual evidence for the so-called Alexandrinian Isis. This contribution aims at identifying primary sources for both the Pharaonic and Hellenistic Isis, including the iconography of Isis in the hellenistic world. It will be argued that the origins of Hellenistic Isis were linked with personal religion in early Alexandria, rather than political interests of the ruling class.
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|