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Hathor
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(Egyptian Ḥw.t-ḥrw, ‘house of Horus’; Greek Ἀθωρ/Áthōr [4]). The Egyptian goddess H. - in human or cow shape - is regarded as the daughter of  Re and as the mother of the music god Iḥy. She is often matched with  Horus of Edfu as a partner. H.'s areas of competence cover love, music, as well as the realm of the dead. In the  interpretatio [2] Graeca she is identified with  Aphrodite [4]. At birth, seven H.s determine the baby's destiny [5. 41 f.]. As an aspect of the ‘dangerous goddess’, H. usually represents the appeased side, while the angered ‘dangerous goddess’ turns into  Sa…

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von Lieven, Alexandra (Berlin), “Hathor”, 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 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12222360>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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