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Temple of the WorldSanctuaries, Cults, and Mysteries of Ancient Egypt$
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Miroslav Verner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165634

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165634.001.0001

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Dendera: The Heliopolis of Hathor

Dendera: The Heliopolis of Hathor

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Temple of the World

Miroslav Verner

American University in Cairo Press

The main seat of Hathor, one of the most important goddesses of ancient Egypt, was her temple in Dendera, the metropolis of the sixth Upper Egyptian nome. The town lay on the west bank of the Nile and its remains, including the important Hathor temple, are to be found a few kilometres south of Qena, the administrative and economic center of the modern region. It is clear from written records that the Hathor temple was already in existence at the beginning of the Fourth Dynasty in the reign of Khufu. In the temple, one very important element, from a religious point of view, are the crypts.

Keywords:   Dendera, Hathor, temple, Khufu, Fourth Dynasty, crypts, divine birth, festivals, Lady of the Turquoise

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