Friday, October 8, 2010


Serapis from Gortyn, 180-190 AD.

The nature of Serpais is a very complicated question, I'll have to leave it for now with the note that he was a Hellenistic creation which spread over the Mediterranean from Egypt. His at least very easy to recognize in sculpture, he's looking very much like Zeus/Jupiter, but with a grain basket on his head and Cerberus at his feet.

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