By Wilhelm Hornbostel

This paintings sticks out one of the current flood of monographs and ex-dissertations on Sarapis, Isis and different oriental deities, typically released in M. Vermaseren's hospitable Études préliminaires aux religions orientales dans l'Empire romain, by means of cause either one of its bulk and of the complexity and hassle of the subject. it's the fullest remedy but given to the known challenge of the unique variety and the next evolution of the 'Bryaxean' statue of Sarapis that stood within the Alexandrian Serapeum, and it can be acknowledged with self belief that whether it doesn't remedy the secret as definitely because the writer hopes, it's going to stay the traditional paintings at the topic for a really substantial time. The arguments are labored out soberly and intimately, and are supported via a amazing photographic documentation of all styles and sizes of the ever present god. The bibliographies are replete with references to all demeanour of sales-catalogues, and likewise to giant numbers of contemporary German dissertations.

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Stamhaugh, Sarapi8 under the Early PtolelltilJJ(1972) 79ff. 1 Das markanteste Beispiel fUr die bildliche Vereiniguug von Sarapis und Herakles ist die Bronzestatuette aus dem Fund von Begram (1. Jh. n. ) : FA. 6, 1951, 280 Abb. 99; J. Hackin, Nouvelles recherches arcMologiql1es a Begram (1954) 277 Nr_ 25 Abb. 325; M. Wheeler, Roman Art and Architecture (1964) 227 Abb. 211 (hier Abb 3). Auf einem kiimmerlichen Weihrelief in Alexandria, Griechisch-Romisches Museum Inv. - Nr. 3170 steht Herakles neben Athena und Sarapis : Reynolds 175 Abb.

17b. Vidman, Sylloge zu Nr. 793 wertet die Bronze irrtiimlich als Beleg fiir die Existenz des Sarapiskultes in Volubilis. 2 Zur Notwendigkeit einer Materialsammhing auch sekundarer Denkmaler vgl. K. Parlasca, Mumienportriit8 und verwandte Denkmiiler (1966) 11. 16 EINFUHRUNG alexandrinischen Billon- und Bronzepragungen, die durch die J ahresausgaben fest datiert sind, wertvolle ikonographische und damit typologisch hilfreiche Aufschliisse vermitteln. Dariiber hinaus vermogen gerade die Miinzen mit Sarapisdarstellungen Hinweise auf das Ausbreitungsgebiet des Gottes zu geben.


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