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Nile into Tiber: Egypt in the Roman World: Proceedings of the IIIrd International Conference of Isis Studies, Leiden, May 11-14 2005 (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World) Hardcover – November 15, 2006

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'Nile into Tiber' is a very rich and rewarding volume, and it is well worth working through, for all ancient historians will find something of value in its pages. - J.G. Manning, Yale University. In: Ancient West & East 11 (2012). The study of Egyptian cultural and religious influence in the classical Mediterranean has developed immeasurably over the last generation, and the 'Religions in the Graeco-Roman World' series has done much to nurture this growth. The present volume - the proceedings of the third international conference of Isis Studies - takes stock of current scholarship on the varied forms of Roman Aegyptiaca, offers some cogent observations on the parameters of this study, and suggests some persuasive routes for further research. (-) an admirably thorough examination of the complexities of religious acculturation, and an impressive survey of the different approaches that may be taken to the study of this problem. (-) This is a useful and often thought-provoking collection of essays. - A. Merrills, The Classical Review 59 (2009) 262-265. (-) this third conference reflects a number of new foci in research on the Egyptian cults. The various discussions break once and for all with the idea that Aegyptiaca must necessarily be linked to the presence of Alexandrian cults. (-) the contributions reflect an increasing complexity in the interpretation of both Aegyptiaca and Egyptian cults, particularly in their emphasis on the essential role of context. Finally, a recurring theme in this volume, and an increasing focus in the field in general, is the role of Aegyptiaca in the wider context of Roman imperialism. - U. Rothe, The Journal of Roman Studies 98 (2008) 217-219 Die einzelnen Analysen sind hoher fachlicher Kompetenz und zeigen daruber hinaus auch die erweiterten Interpretationsmoglichkeiten einzelner Aspekte der antiken Kultur im Rahmen einer interdisziplinaren Zusammenarbiet verschiedener Wissenschafszweige auf. (-) Die hier publizierten, umfassenden Forschungsergebnisse werden diese Tagungsband unverzichtbar machen fur jede weitere Beschaftigung mit dem Phanomen der grenzuberschreitenden Ausbreitung und Adaption des agyptischen Isiskultus. - J. Moje, PalArch's Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology (2007) (-) gli autori riescono a toccare tematiche sempre interessante. Questi atti toccano sia aspetti generali di interesse generale per tutti gli studiosi dei culti isiaci, che tematiche piu locali che soddisfano sopratutto i recercatori che si occupano del Mediterraneo orientale, fornendo comunque interessanti confronti utili a tutti. - A. Gavini, I culti isiaci nell'impero romano: status quaestionis e nuove prospettive, Journal of Roman Archaeology 21 (2008) 515-518

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L. Bricault, Ph.D. in Egyptology, Sorbonne, is the author of the Atlas de la diffusion des cultes isiaques (2001) and the Recueil des Inscriptions concernant les Cultes isiaques (2005) and coordinates a series of international colloquia and publications in this field. M.J. Versluys and P.G.P. Meyboom are both Assistant Professor in Classical Archaeology at Leiden University and have widely published on the Nile Mosaic of Palestrina; the meaning of Nilotic scenes in the Roman world and other aspects of Roman visual material culture.
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  • Hardcover: 562 pages
  • Publisher: Brill (November 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9004154205
  • ISBN-13: 978-9004154209
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,569,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Greco-Roman cults dedicated to Egyptian gods, of whom Isis was the most prominent, are a deeply complex subject. Roman sources are better preserved than Egyptian ones from pharaonic times, so there's more source material to study. Yet the results are more confusing than studying the worship of an Egyptian god in Egypt, partly because more than one culture is in play. I don't know of a good one-stop introduction to the subject, at least in English; Bricault's book Les Cultes Isiaques Dans Le Monde Greco-romain may be the best one for French speakers. R. E. Witt's Isis in the Ancient World gives a general picture but treats the evidence rather carelessly. Malcolm Drew Donaldson's The Cult of Isis in the Roman Empire is somewhat better, though not as up-to-date as one would hope from a book published in 2003.

For people who do know the general picture of the Isis cult and can tolerate scholarly hemming and hawing, the next place to go is the volumes produced by the conferences of Isis studies. Bricault has been organizing these conferences since 1999, to get the scholars on the same page on the subject. Unfortunately, the first two conference volumes are almost entirely in French. This third conference volume focuses on the cultural interchange between Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Some of the essays are narrow and others broader and more significant.
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