By Giulia Sfameni Gasparro

Oriental cults right here discussed–the Alexandrian, the Phrygian, and the Neo-Persian–are trendy within the Roman Empire, and for his or her diffusion Sicily geographically and traditionally has specific value. a few many years in the past pioneer reports have been undertaken by means of Ciaceri and velocity. those at the moment are supplemented and outdated by means of a punctiliously documented and profusely illustrated monograph, welcome as a scientific research of all of the present proof.

The bulk of the publication evidently offers 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 seen favorite within the geographical region round Etna because the Nilotic counterpart of Vulcan. approximately one-third of the creation (Chapters I-IV) and Plates LXI-CXXII are dedicated to Cybele and Attis, Sabazius, Mithras, and Dea Syria. The primary curiosity is indicated by means of the frontispiece, a bas-relief of Isis and Serapis, hitherto unpublished.

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II, p. 281, nn. 1720-1723, Taf. LVIII, 6-9; vol. IV, p. , vol. II, p. , nn. 1840, Taf. , vol. II, p. 304, nO 1845, Taf. LXI, 32-35; cfr. vol. IV, p. ). 2 Coin. , p. 75, nO I, tav. 187. 3 Mon. , p. 227, nO 545. Qui l'autore ipotizza che la moneta in questione rifletta l'usanza rituale relativa ad ~ una festa d'Iside~, nella quale si portava in processione una immagine d'Iside su una quadriga. 4 Anche Hill, Catalogue, p. 52, nO 349 definisce l'immagine : • Agalma of Isis ~. , Sicily, p. 226, nn. 684-687 : «Agalma of divinity~.

Pace,« Arte ed artisti della Sicilia antica. in Mem. Ace. , serie V, vol. XV(1915), p. 589 nota 6 e fig. ). 22 I CULTI EGIZi di culto e poi la lastrina d'avorio di Cat. 56 che probabilmente fungeva da castone in un anello, con profilo femminile di tipo egittizzante. Si tratta di un oggetto di lusso, il quale rientra nella classe delle oreficerie 0 comunque dei preziosi e, come l'anello sopra menzionato, attesta una moda ellenistica che all'Oriente, e pili precisamente aIl'Egitto, attinge motivi e prodotti artistici.

Drexler, art. , col. , II, 1905, p. , GuUi e miti, p. , 2a serie, I, 2 1 2 32 I CULTI EGIZi Ia testa di Iside con i lunghi capelli ricadenti in boccoli suI collo e cinti da una corona di spighe al centro della quale si leva il basileion. SuI rovescio e il tipico copricapo isiaco (Oat. 1 Soltanto ipotetica e invece l'identificazione della dea egizia nella figura femminile che nel rovescio di un terzo esemplare siracusano appare ritta su una quadriga, nell'atto di reggere una fiaccola (Oat. 10).

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