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Cult of Osiris

Osiris was the Egytian god of the dead and of vegetation.  He was also a fertility god with his death and resurrection representing the cyclical growth, death and rebirth of vegetation.  The wife of Osiris was the goddess Isis. The cult of Osiris believed in life after death and the judgement of the dead.  The cult spread throughout the Mediterranean in the last 600 years B.C.

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves 

  • BL 610, 802, 2400’s


LINCCWeb Online Catalog – Search Terms

  • Egyptian religion (Keywords Anywhere)
  • Mystery religions (Keywords Anywhere) 
  • Osiris (Keywords Anywhere)


 Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Armstrong, A.H.  Classical Mediterranean Spirituality.  1986.

                  Call Number:  BL687 .C55 1986

  • Beard, Mary. Religions of Rome.  1998.

                   Call Number:  BL802 .B42 v.1

  • Burkert, Walter.  Ancient Mystery Cults. 1987.

                   Call Number:  BL610 .B87 1987

  • Godwin, Joscelyn. Mystery Religions in the Ancient World.  1981.

                   Call Number:   BL610 .G63 1981

  •  MacMullen, Ramsay.  Paganism in the Roman Empire. 1981.

                  Call Number:  BL802 .M32

  • Rose, H.J.  Religion in Greece and Rome.  1959.

                  Call Number:  BL722 .R66

  • Spence, Lewis.  Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends.  1990.

                Call Number:  BL2441 .S7 1990

  • Taylor, John H. Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. 2001.

                Call Number:  BL2450 .D43 T39 2001


Reference Books

  • Dictionary of Roman Religion – Call Number: REF BL798 .A35 1996

o   Pg. 171

  • Encyclopedia of Religion – Call Number: REF BL31 .E46 2005

o   Vol. 10, pg. 6919-6922

  • Encyclopedia of World Religions – Call Number: REF BL31 .M47 1999

o   Pg. 831-832

  • Man, Myth, and Magic – Call Number: REF BF1407 .M34 1997

o   Vol. 14, pg. 1938-1940

  • Myths and Legends – Call Number: REF GR74 .M97 2000 

o   Pg. 259-262


   Research Databases

  To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.

  • Academic Search Complete
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega



This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.    


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