Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Oxford Classical Dictionary. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 01 December 2022

Apislocked

Apislocked

  • Richard Gordon

Extract

Apis, the sacred bull at *Memphis in Egypt, oracular ‘herald’ of *Ptah (cf. Plin. HN 8. 185), with distinctive markings (Hdt 3. 28; Ael. NA 11. 10). The cult probably goes back to the earliest Old Kingdom. When the bull died, the body was embalmed and borne in procession to the subterranean ‘great chambers’ at Saqqara. Thousands of invocations found there, requesting Apis to bless life and name, testify to the cult's appeal to Egyptians. The embalmed bull was termed Osiris-Apis (Diod. Sic. 1. 85. 4; cf. Plut. De Is.

Subjects

  • Roman Myth and Religion

You do not currently have access to this article

Login

Please login to access the full content.

Subscribe

Access to the full content requires a subscription