Isis is an ancient Egyptian goddess who became the most popular and enduring of all the Egyptian deities. Her name comes from the Egyptian Eset, ("the seat") which referred to her stability and also the throne of Egypt as she was considered the mother of every pharaoh through the king's association with Horus, Isis' son.

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  • c. 1570 BCE - c. 529 CE
    Worship of the goddess Isis in Egypt.
  • c. 367 BCE - 529 CE
    Worship of the goddess Isis spreads outside Egypt's borders to Greece and Rome.
  • 47 BCE
    Cleopatra VII is sole ruler of Egypt; she presents herself as the goddess Isis.
  • c. 42 CE - c. 62 CE
    The evangelical missions of St. Paul; Isis worship dominates the Mediterranean.
  • 380 CE
    Emperor Theodosius I outlaws pagan practices including the worship of Isis.
  • 529 CE
    Emperor Justinian closes the Temple of Isis at Philae, Egypt, effectively ending worship of the goddess.