|Title||The Fertility god|
|Patron - Dominion||fertility - healing - the underworld|
|Dedicated temples||Serapeum of Alexandria |
The temple of Serapis in Memphis
Burial of Apis Bulls in Serapeum of Saqqara
|Appearance||Wears the modius (a small pot indicating fertility) on his head|
bearded figure seated on a throne with the three-headed dog of Hades, Cerberus, at his feet.
Serapis was created by the Ptolemaic Pharaoh Ptolemy 1, he was a composite of several Egyptian and Hellenistic deities who was introduced at the beginning of the Ptolemaic Period
- His name was Aser-hapi (i.e. Osiris - Apis ), which became Serapis,
- Married to Isis and father of Horus
- His cult quickly spread from its center in Alexandria, reaching Ancient Rome.
- The cult of Serapis survived into and Roman period
- The destruction of Serapeum in Alexandria by early Christians in 385 A.D. that marked the end of his cult.