Besides, Ptolemaeus Soter saw in a dream the colossus
of Pluto that stood at Sinope (although he knew it not, nor
had ever seen what shape it was of) calling upon him, and
bidding him to convey it speedily away to Alexandria.
And as he was ignorant and at a great loss where it should
be found, and was telling his dream to his familiars, there
was found by chance a certain fellow that had been a
general rambler in all parts (his name was Sosibius), who
affirmed he had seen at Sinope such a colossus as the king
had dreamt of. He therefore sent Soteles and Bacchus
thither, who in a long time and with much difficulty, and
not without the special help of a Divine Providence, stole
it away and brought it to Alexandria. When therefore it
was conveyed thither and viewed, Timothy the expositor
and Manetho the Sebennite, concluding from the Cerberus
and serpent that stood by it that it must be the statue of
Pluto, persuaded Ptolemy it could appertain to no other God
but Serapis; for he had not this name when he came from
thence, but after he was removed to Alexandria, he acquired the name of Serapis, which is the Egyptian for
Pluto. And when Heraclitus the physiologist saith, Pluto
and Bacchus are one and the same, in whose honor men
are mad and rave, we are thus led to the same doctrine.
For those that will needs have Pluto to be the body, the
soul being as it were distracted and drunken in it, do in
my opinion make use of an over fine and subtle allegory.
It is therefore better to make Osiris to be the same with
Bacchus, and Serapis again with Osiris, he obtaining that
appellation since the change of his nature. For which
reason Serapis is a common God to all, as they who participate of divine matters best understand.