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The hellenistic face of Isis: Cosmic and saviour goddess

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The Greek who, cured of blindness by the intervention of Isis, had engraved on a marble stele in Maroneia probably between the end of the 2nd and the early 1st century BC, a long text which aimed to immortalise the memory of the healing while at the same time being a celebratory discourse on the “greatness of the beneficial action” performed by the goddess, connected his personal salvific experience to the proclamation of the divine timé. This chapter analyses some of the most significant documents in terms of the definition of the Isiac identity in the Hellenistic age, by trying to perceive the specific perspective of each and the overall system of religious values that the respective authors intend to express. It underlines the significance attributed by Isidorus to the multiplicity of figures of great goddesses worshipped by the Greeks insofar as they are manifestations of the divine power of Isis.

Keywords: Egypt; Hellenistic age; Isis; Maroneia; Saviour Goddess



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