Isis Devotees & Initiates, Outside of Egypt

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Isis from a temple in Macedonia, 2nd century BCE Isis from a temple in Macedonia, 2nd century BCE

Sadly, most of Isis’ devotees today are no longer in Egypt. Instead, they are spread out across the globe.

Yet, this diffusion of devotion to Isis is really nothing new; it was part of the ancient world as well. Well before Egypt’s conquest by Alexander, we see devotion to Isis outside Egypt’s borders.

Even during archaic times (800 BC – 480 BC), we see traces of devotion, such as inscriptions or votive images. By the late 4th century BCE, Greeks in the Piraeus, Athens’ port city, had built a temple for Her there. At about that same time, the oldest of three Isis-Sarapis sanctuaries on the Greek holy island of Delos were established. We have evidence of Her worship in Crete from the 3rd or 2nd century BCE.

Sacred image of Isis from Brexiza, Greece, near Marathon Sacred image of Isis from Brexiza, Greece, near Marathon

From the beginning of Ptolemaic rule in Egypt to the Roman…

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