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Isis, Images and Agency. The Creation, Use and Perception of Religious Iconography Concerning the Egyptian Gods in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds

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 IsImAg project word cloud

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Project "IsImAg" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RAPENBURG 70
city: LEIDEN
postcode: 2311 EZ

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 165˙598 €
 EC max contribution 165˙598 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-02-01   to  2019-01-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN NL (LEIDEN) coordinator 165˙598.00


 Project objective

'In the Hellenistic and Roman worlds, the Egyptian goddess Isis was remarkably popular along with the deities related to her, such as Sarapis, Harpocrates and Anubis. Tens of thousands of objects, from a wide variety of contexts and periods, convey images that attest to the immense success of these cults. Both rich and coherent, this corpus of transcultural imagery provides an excellent laboratory for the study of the creation, use and perception of ancient figurative media, especially in terms of agency. Previous research on this religious iconography has only wielded a fragmented vision, paying little attention to contexts and media. However, these images can only be understood in relation to one another and as part of their sociocultural and religious networks. Since 2013, reconstituting this overview has been the aim of a Thesaurus whose catalogues gather all Isiac images for every kind of medium, highlighting the contextualised objects and questioning what they meant and did. The progress of this collective undertaking allows me now to present a research project crucial to many categories of historians working on visual (material) culture. By reconstituting the history of Isiac images throughout various types of production, the Thesaurus demonstrates how figurative systems were constantly interacting and evolving during Antiquity. It enables us to ask new questions on the creation, use and perception of these object-images from both a synchronic and diachronic perspective. The synthesis emerging will form a 'historical grammar' revealing the functioning of this figurative culture and its impact on ancient societies. With the largest part of the Thesaurus now available, Leiden University provides the best current academic context for the more interpretative and synthesising parts of the research. By partaking in a more conceptual research culture, this experience will have a decisive impact on my scientific development and will open up numerous new perspectives.'


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Richard Veymiers
Ἵλεως τῷ φοροῦντι. Sérapis sur les gemmes et les bijoux antiques. Supplément III
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
R. Veymiers, L. Bricault (eds.), Bibliotheca Isiaca IV 2019-06-13
2018 Richard Veymiers
Détourage et détournement. À propos d’un bas-relief dessiné par Pirro Ligorio
published pages: 47-76, ISSN: 0035-0737, DOI:
Revue Archéologique 1 2019-06-13
2019 Richard Veymiers
Les mystères isiaques et leurs expressions figurées. Des exégèses modernes aux allusions antiques
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
\"N. Belayche, F. Massa (eds.), Figuring \"\"Mysteries\"\" in Graeco-Roman Antiquity\" Religions in the Graeco-Roman W 2019-06-13
2019 Richard Veymiers
Les errances des divinités isiaques sur les pierres gravées antiques remployées au Moyen-Âge
published pages: , ISSN: 1248-895X, DOI:
\"C. Bonnet, L. Bricault, C. Gomez (eds.), \"\"Les mille et une vies d’Isis. La réception des divinités du cercle isiaque de l’Antiquité à nos jours\"\"\" Tempus – Antiquité 2019-06-13
2018 Richard Veymiers & Laurent Bricault
Bibliotheca Isiaca IV
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2018 Richard Veymiers & Laurent Bricault
De l’Iseum Campense comme type monétaire
published pages: 127-155, ISSN: , DOI:
\"M.J. Versluys, Kr. Bülow-Clausen, G. Capriotti Vittozzi (eds.), \"\"Temple – monument – lieu de mémoire. The Iseum Campense from the Roman Empire to the Modern Age: historical, archaeological, and historiographical perspectives\"\"\" Papers of the Royal Netherlands 2019-06-13

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