By Giulia Sfameni Gasparro

Oriental cults the following discussed–the Alexandrian, the Phrygian, and the Neo-Persian–are famous within the Roman Empire, and for his or her diffusion Sicily geographically and traditionally has specific significance. a few many years in the past pioneer stories have been undertaken by means of Ciaceri and speed. those are actually supplemented and outmoded via a punctiliously documented and profusely illustrated monograph, welcome as a scientific research of all of the present proof.

The bulk of the ebook clearly bargains with the Egyptian gods. Out of 358 catalogued goods 304 are Egyptian-and of the twenty-three additions within the Appendix just about all relate to Ptah, an noticeable favorite within the geographical region round Etna because the Nilotic counterpart of Vulcan. approximately one-third of the advent (Chapters I-IV) and Plates LXI-CXXII are dedicated to Cybele and Attis, Sabazius, Mithras, and Dea Syria. The imperative curiosity is indicated by way of the frontispiece, a bas-relief of Isis and Serapis, hitherto unpublished.

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Cr. Cr. (St. , XXX, 1937, p. 184; p. ). L'importanza di tale culto fu piuttosto limitata e alquanto scarsi Bono i nomi personali derivati da quello del dio (cfr. E. Sittig, De graecorum nominibus theophoris, Italis Saxonum 1911 [Diss. 162. Anche J. ), Prosopographia Attica, Berlin, 1901, vol. I, p. 55, nn. 717-726). 2 Per la Sicilia si vedano gli esemplari di Catania, peraltro di provenienza ignota (Cat. 133-134), di Centuripe (Cat. 184) e di Palermo (Cat. 219-220), questi ultimi acquistati a Roma.

Ph. « Sarapia» in Roscher, Lexikon, IV, 2, colI. 368-372. 30 I CULTI EGIzi Michaelis che, oltre alcuni bronzi, enumera soprattutto varie monete di eta romana e qualche gemma 1 in cui parimenti Serapide appare stante, con varii attributi che, alternandosi, appaiono variamente combinati nelle diverse rappresentazioni (scettro, patera, cornucopia, cerbero). La statua, da parte sua, presenta il cerbero tricipite la cui testa centrale e chiaramente di cane; quella di sinistra, con il muso sollevato in alto, potrebbe essere di lupo, mentre la testa di destra, posata sulla gamba del dio, e troppo danneggiata per poter essere identificata con sicurezza, ma non sembra evocare illeone della descrizione di Macrobio.

Cr. Cr. Cr. ) sempre nel senso di erede, colui che entra in possesso dei beni. , 1901, pp. 338·343 e fig.!. 1 L'Orsi pertanto penso che Ie due statue, ritrovate forse in occasione dei « colossali sommovimenti di terra e di fabbriche avvenuti nei sec. XVI-XVII quando si costruirono Ie fortificazioni dell'Istmo »,2 furono poi deposte sotto il terrapieno dal quale emersero a. causa dei lavori stradali del 1901. Come originario luogo di provenienza dell'immagine del dio si potrebbe supporre il vicino tempio (Artemision 0 Apollonion) dal cui portico alcuni anni prima era venuta in luce 180 statua di scriba (Cat.

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