Chapter 11- Ancestors of the West

Chapter 11- - by Apuleius C A novel which preserved many aspects of the Cult of Isis a Lucius is the hero of the story who is transformed into an

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A Multicultural World: Mystery Religions of Rome 1. Rome had conquered most of the regions surrounding the Mediterranean A. Sea by the end of the Frst century BC Mystery religions were popular in the empire a. Could be celebrated locally (except for the Eleusinian mysteries) 1. Most of the religions accepted anybody from any social class 2. Common theme to the religions is the symbolic overcoming of death 3. The Two Main Rivals to Christianity in the Roman Empire B. Mithraism a. ±avored cult of the Roman army 1. Allowed only men 2. Had a large following and was one of the two main rivals to 3. Christianity The Cult of Isis b. Christianity began to vie for the religious attention of the empire by the C. middle of the Frst century AD Goddess of Many Names: The Cult of Isis 2. Isis had a husband who was named Osiris A. Osiris was killed and cut to pieces by his brother B. Isis mummiFed his body a. He became god of the underworld b. The Metamorphoses (The Golden Ass)
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Unformatted text preview: by Apuleius C. A novel which preserved many aspects of the Cult of Isis a. Lucius is the hero of the story who is transformed into an ass b. He can only be made human again through devotion to Isis 1. Isis had a son named Horus D. The cult of Isis seems to have in²uenced Christian veneration of the Virgin E. Mary Emperor Worship 3. When Alexander the Great conquered Egypt and Persia, he was worshiped A. as a god by their inhabitants Augustus (Reigned 31 B.C. - 14 A.D.) established the trend of worshipping B. his genius, or guardian spirit, but not directly himself Worship of the Roman state a. Caligula, Nero, and Domitian openly declared their divinity C. Pliny the Younger D. Corresponded with emperor Trajan a. Wrote about discovering who were the true Christians and who b. worshipped Trajan When Christians refused to worship Caesar, it was seen as not supporting E. the state...
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This note was uploaded on 02/26/2012 for the course GENERAL 101 taught by Professor None during the Spring '12 term at Aurora University.

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Chapter 11- - by Apuleius C A novel which preserved many aspects of the Cult of Isis a Lucius is the hero of the story who is transformed into an

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