Migrations divines

The exhibition and the book Divine Migrations provide a new look at the great ancient polytheisms (Egyptian, Greek and Roman) and their borrowing and reappropriation dynamics. Far from being isolated and fixed religious expressions, these facts of civilization intersect and respond to each other in the heart of the Mediterranean. Travel, trade or conquests contribute largely to the diffusion of ancient cults. They shape renewed theological forms that fully illustrate the permeability and spirit of openness carried by the religions of Antiquity.

edited by Myriame Morel-deledalle
scientific council of jean-luc chappaz and frédéric mougenot

Through a collection of exceptional archaeological works and objects on loan from the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art and the Musées d’Art et d’Histoire of Geneva, this exhibition focuses on three basins of civilization in the Mediterranean - Egypt, Greece and Rome - in which men have imagined gods in different ways and created pantheons with characteristics specific to each culture. The exhibition presents ritual objects and images of worship, which enabled the Ancients to represent the world of the divine or to participate in their quest for immortality.

Migrations divines presents a little over 200 ancient works (dating from the 3rd millennium BC to the 3rd century AD), which bear witness to the adoption of divinities from elsewhere or the formation of new mixed divine forms. It questions the dialogue between the Egyptian, Greek and Roman pantheons in their practices, beliefs and representations of the divine.

actes sud, arles
mucem, marseille