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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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Abydos: The Sacred Land

Abydos: The Sacred Land

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(p.343) (p.344) (p.345) 8 Abydos: The Sacred Land
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Temple of the World
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Miroslav Verner

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165634.003.0008

Abydos became the capital of the eighth Upper Egyptian nome during the Old Kingdom and also became the administrative seat of Upper Egypt from the Fifth Dynasty onward. The tombs at Umm al-Ga’ab were not as monumental as the later pyramids, but they were impressively large for their time and embodied several basic religious beliefs that were to shape the history of ancient Egypt. Like many important Egyptian archaeological sites, the Temple of Osiris-Khentamentyu and the adjoining town of Kom al-Sultan did not undergo thorough archaeological research until the beginning of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Abydos, Umm al-Ga’ab, tombs, temple, Osiris-Khentamentyu, Kom al-Sultan, Osireion, Osiris, mythology

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