Domitian between Isis and Minerva. The dialogue between the “Egyptian” and “Graeco-Roman” aspects of the Sanctuary of Isis at Beneventum.

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This paper is concerned with the sculptural decoration of the Flavian sanctuary of Isis at Beneventum. It challenges the traditional “Egyptian” appearance of the sanctuary and suggests that “Graeco-Roman” elements, too, played a role in its sculptural decoration. Based on the analysis of a small group of Graeco-Roman sculptures, the paper also examines the association of Isis and Minerva and, ultimately, Magna Mater. The paper finally discusses the important role of this divine trinity, as well as the role of the Beneventan Iseum in relation to the official ideology of the Flavian emperors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEgyptian gods in the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean. : Image and reality between local and global.
EditorsLaurent Bricault, Miguel John Versluys
Number of pages27
Place of PublicationCaltanissetta
PublisherSalvatore Sciascia Editore
Publication dateApr 2013
ISBN (Print)978-88-8241-418-4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

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