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22. Egyptian religion in Rome

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Unformatted text preview: drian's villa at Tibur/Tivoli Egyp<an temples in Italy like the Iseum at Pompei or the Serapeum at Os<a combine tradi<onal architecture with Egyp<an or Egyp<anising elements as their decora<on Egyp<an statues or hieroglyphic inscrip<ons used as adornments do not normally have any rela<onship whatsoever with the worship prac<ces in the respec<ve temple – random spolia imported from Egypt whose func<on was to s<r fascina<on, to give the temples a dis<nct profile and to symbolise the religious meaningfulness of the religion At the same <me, the tradi<onal architectural structure of the temples would have provided the adherents a sense of iden<ty and familiarity Tradi<onal opinion saw Isis cult first and foremost as a religion of slaves, lower levels of society, and women Recent studies have pointed to the instrumental func<on of free ci<zens and prominent families in its promo<on Loca<on of many Isis temples in seaports a...
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