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Bibil Identifier bibil:213210
Publication Type Journal article
Title (German, Long) Der Sturz des Serapis
Title (German, ) Zur Bedeutung paganer Götterbilder im spätantiken Alexandria
Author Schmidt, Stefan
Journal Biblische Notizen (Volume: 147)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language German
Pages 127-146 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract During Late Antiquity the monumental statue of Serapis in his main sanctuary at Alexandria was of high importance for both the cult of the god and the city as a whole. There is material and written evidence for a cult more and more influenced by the religious traditions of Egypt. Part of the changes was a proper identification of the deity with the statue itself. Serapis was therefore an appropriate tutelary god for most of the inhabitants of the city and for the community of Alexandria. His sanctuary was a center of Alexandrian education and philosophy. So, the destruction of the statue by order of bishop Theophilus should have forced the Christians of Alexandria to clarify their attitudes towards the pagan traditions.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Alexandria
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Religion
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