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The ‘Invisible, Hidden One’, known by the Greeks as Ammon and equated with  Zeus (Hdt. 2,42; Plut. De Is. et Os. 9), represented in human form. He appears as Min of Coptus with a disjointed body and an erect phallus. Secondary modes of appearance in animal form are the ram, Egyptian goose and snake -- these probably relate back to local cults. His origins are unknown. He was known from the Middle Kingdom as king of the gods with the main cult site based in  Thebes. Numerous other cult sites in…

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Grieshammer, Reinhard (Heidelberg), “Amun”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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