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7 La reine Huldu et la coiffe isiaque. Isis et le pouvoir royal à Pétra (Ier s. av. J.-C. -Ier s. apr. J.-C.)

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A number of recent studies have been devoted to the religion of the Nabataeans. One of the recurring questions is that of Hellenization of Nabatean gods. It is recognized that one of the consequences of contact between the Nabateans and the Greek world was the creation of divine images of the two main deities of the pantheon of the Nabataeans: Doushara (Dousarès), great protector god of the monarchy and the al-'Uzza goddess. Being provided with the Isis cap from the reign of Huldu the Nabataean queens were probably not assimilated to Isis, but to a large Nabatean goddess represented as Isis, presumably al-'Uzza. The resemblance between Dousarès and Nabataean king, or between the Queen and al-'Uzza, provided with the cap of Isis, suggests a symbolic descent, without sharing any divine nature. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: al-'Uzza goddess; Dousarès; Huldu; Isis headdress; Nabatean gods; Nabataean kings; Nabataean queens



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