Isis in the Ancient World by R. E. WittIsis in the Ancient World by R. E. Witt

Isis in the Ancient World

byR. E. Witt

Paperback | June 17, 1997

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Worship of the Egyptian goddess Isis dates as far back as 2500 B.C. and extended at least until the fifth century A.D. throughout the Roman world. The importance of her cult is attested to in Apuleius's Golden Ass, and evidence of its influence has been found in places as far apart as Afghanistan and Portugal, the Black Sea and northern England. The first study to document the extent and complexity of the cult's influence on Graeco-Roman and early Christian culture, R. E. Witt's acclaimed Isis in the Ancient World is now available in paperback.

R. E. Witt (1903-1980) taught at Queen Mary's College, University of London, and is also the author of Albinus and the History of Middle Platonism.
Title:Isis in the Ancient WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.75 × 5.75 × 0.79 inPublished:June 17, 1997Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press

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ISBN - 10:0801856426

ISBN - 13:9780801856426

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This is the first study to document the extent and complexity of the cult's influence of Graeco-Roman and early Christian culture.

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Particularly stimulating is the attempt to assess the impact of the Isis cult on Christianity. Here Dr. Witt is able to deploy his wide knowledge of the religion of the Byzantine era and its sequel in Greek Orthodoxy, and he is also able to correct the severe underestimation of the moral appeal of the Isis cult which has hitherto prevailed among historians of Christianity.