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Contributor Contrib.Ora on 5/2/2014
Originally Aser-hapi (Osiris-Apis), which became Serapis, a combination of Osiris and Apis as created by Alexander the Great and Ptolemy upon conquering Egypt in an attempt to unite the native Egyptians and Hellenic Greeks. He was seen more as a human form of Apis. The name was possibly influenced by the title of Ea, Serapsi, meaning "king of the deep", and which was heavily represented in Alexander's death leading to heady significance in the Hellenic psyche and contributing to Serapis becoming the chief Ptolemaic god.