Temple of Isis at Pompeii

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Temple of Isis at Pompeii

All visitors who, over the past few centuries, have walked through the archaeological area in Pompeii, have tried at least once to image what the town must have looked like before it was wiped out by the fury of the volcano.

It might be exactly the relative architectural integrity of the urban texture (greater that in other sites), that encourages the wish to get to know what the town originally looked like. The work done by Altair 4 is aimed at reconstructing for modern-day visitors, in a way which is detailed and at the same scientifically rigorous, the town of Pompeii as it might have looked like twenty centuries ago.

All of the reconstructed monuments have been studied and reproduced in 3D based on scientific work following the most updated archaeological studies or even the drawings of the time, as well as on maps, photographs, aerial views, modern survey techniques or laser scanning.

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Temple of Isis at Pompeii

Isis was an Egyptian divinity. Her cult was purposely created in the third century BC by Tolomeus I, an Alexander the Great‘s general who was named pharaoh of Egypt when it was conquered by the Greeks, to encourage unity between two such different peoples.

The same divinity, in fact, combined elements of Egyptian and Hellenic cults. The cult of Isis enjoyed great popularity outside of Egypt as well, and soon reached Campania, thanks to oriental traders disembarking at Pozzuoli.

To venerate a foreign deity, the temple was built using all the recurring elements in the sacred architecture of that period, although the end result was different from all the other sanctuaries in the city. After the earthquake, the temple was completely reconstructed. Only part of the podium remains from the original building. The restoration actually included an extension of the sacred area, cutting into the nearby Samnite palaestra.  In fact, two rooms which were originally part of the palaestra were used to create a large ceremonial hall and a new monumental entrance.