Lecture: Isis, the Egyptian Goddess Who Conquered RomeSunday, March 24 | 2:30 pm
East Building, Museum Auditorium
Free; ticket from Box Office required
Francesco Tiradritti, Assistant Professor, Kore University of Enna (Sicily)
The goddess Isis is one of the few Egyptian deities whose cult expanded well beyond Egypt. During the Greco-Roman period, several other goddesses such as Aphrodite and Astarte became identified with her, but her cult in Rome was initially rejected. Yet it became so prominent in popular worship that by the fourth century Isis was integrated into the new religion of the Roman Empire. This lecture presents the cult and influence of Isis, the ultimate mother goddess of the ancient Mediterranean.
A special performance by North Carolina Opera soprano Andrea Edith Moore will conclude the event.
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March 24, 2013