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Sampling some instances of Hellenization in Egypt16 octobre 2014
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The fourth conference of Isis studies moved the focus back to Egypt itself, which is rarely discussed when talking about Isis' cult in Rome. The essays tend to be more narrowly focused than those in the third volume, so fewer big insights are to be had. However, it gives a decent (though rather spotty) picture of the culture in Roman Egypt, in which Egyptian and Greco-Roman elements routinely appeared side by side and affected each other in complex ways. It also moderates David Frankfurter's somewhat exaggerated argument, in Religion in Roman Egypt, that Hellenization in Egyptian religion was mostly superficial. Nevertheless, the worship of Isis in Egypt does not seem to have been much affected by the Hellenistic mysteries that characterized the Isis-cult elsewhere in the Roman Empire.