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We must also not forget the tremendously strong influence of the Isis-cult, the licentious sun-cult of Egypt, which sporadically came and went in Rome, depending on the favour or antagonism of its emperor. With this, came the worship of Serapis too. Serapis became the “sycretistic” Sun-deity, being identified with Zeus, helios, Osiris and many others. We have already seen that in Alexandria (the major seat of Serapis-worship) it was the practice of Christ worshippers and Serapis-worshippers to mix in their worship. The Christian apologist Minucius Felix, writing in the 2nd or 3rd century, comments that the Egyptian (Alexandrian) cult of Serapis has been completely adopted by the Romans.264

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