Isis and Sarapis in the Roman World (Relitions in the by Sarolta A. Takacs

By Sarolta A. Takacs

During the implementation of the complicated ancient strategy, this research offers a extra specific photo of the combination of the cult of Isis and of the functionality of Isis and Sarapis within the Rhine and Danubian provinces.

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A. Shapiro (Ann Arbor, 1988). 58 Alfoldi (1954). INTRODUCTION 19 god to manifest himself and to find acceptance. Emperors like Gaius (Caligula), Nero, Domitian, Commodus, and Caracalla enhanced with their ruling style the notion of the emperor as operating in the intermediate sphere between the terrestrial and celestial and, at the same time, advanced with their despotic attitude a duplication of the Ptolemaic ruler concept. The processes Alfoldi envisioned for the Late Republic are applicable to the well-established Principate.

I will, however, retain the spelling Serapis when translating a document that uses this fonn. 5 U. Wilcken Urkunden der Ptolemiierzeit, vol. 1 (Berlin and Leipzig, 1927), 25-9, 77-82, 85-88, 91 and J. Stambaugh Sarapis under the Early Ptolemies, EPRO 25 (Leiden, 1972), especially 1-13. Good summaries in Vidman (1970), 23-25 and R. TurcanLes cultes orientaux dans le monde romain (Paris, 1989), 78-83. 6 Hist. 83-4 and Mor. 361f-362e. 7 Stambaugh (1972), 45. THE LATE REPUBLIC 29 keeping the old forms intact.

In connection with Augustus, one tends to think of an elaborate 'propaganda machine,' something that, as Zanker (1988) has shown, never existed. 27 The moneyership was an annual and elective office. Crawford (1974), vol. 2, 602: "Since ultimate responsibility for the coinage lay with the people, it is reasonable to suppose that the moneyers were elected rather than appointed. The absence of the moneyers from the lists of magistrates in the epigraphic lex repetundarum, the lex Latinae tabulae Bautinae and Cicero, Cluent.

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