Brill’s New Pauly

Get access

Seth
(494 words)

[German version]

As the killer of his brother Osiris, S. is a central figure of Egyptian mythology [8]. He is usually depicted with the head of an unidentified animal (known as the S. animal). He litigates and fights with the son of Osiris, Horus, over Egypt's rule [1]. Together, the two gods embody Upper and Lower Egypt; much more common, however, is the connexion of S. with the desert and foreign lands. In the New Kingdom, this led to his identification with the Syrian Baal, who is associated with his consorts, the Asiatic goddesses Anat and Astarte. Through this connexion at the latest,…

Cite this page
von Lieven, Alexandra (Berlin), “Seth”, 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 04 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1110770>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



▲   Back to top   ▲