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Isis and Osiris
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I. From Prehistory to Ancient Near East – II. Greco-Roman Antiquity

I. From Prehistory to Ancient Near East

Isis and Osiris are important deities in the Egyptian pantheon (Egypt": III, 1.2). They appear suddenly in the Old Kingdom around 2400 bce. Their common origin is beyond doubt despite their supposedly different histories. The Iseum in the 12th Lower Egyptian district (Ntrw, Ḥbjt) is considered the home of Isis; Osiris may be from Busiris in Lower Egypt (Ḏdw; ʿn٤̲tj) or Abydos in…

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Altenmüller, Hartwig and Haas, Mareile, “Isis and Osiris”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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