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Gastmahl

(3,219 words)

Author(s): Felber, Heinz (Leipzig) | Sallaberger, Walther (Leipzig) | Schmitt-Pantel, Pauline (Paris) | Binder, Gerhard (Bochum)
[English version] I. Ägypten und Alter Orient Zentrale ägypt. Quellen für G. sind Darstellungen des Totenmahles in thebanischen Beamtengräbern der 18. Dyn. (15.-14. Jh. v.Chr.). Die frühen Abb. zeigen den Grabherrn mit Gemahlin als Gastgeber vor einem Tisch mit Speisen, gegenüber in mehreren Registern ihre Gäste. Bedienstete schmücken sie mit Blumen und reichen Wein und Speisen, wohlriechende Salben und Handwaschgerät. Im Laufe der Zeit verliert die Szene ihre rituelle Strenge durch künstlerische Verfe…

Fest, Festkultur

(4,368 words)

Author(s): Sallaberger, Walther (Leipzig) | Felber, Heinz (Leipzig) | Auffarth, Christoph (Tübingen)
[English version] I. Alter Orient Der altmesopot. Kalender beruht auf dem Mondlauf mit seinen Phasen, die dementsprechend monatlich kultisch begangen werden (1., 7., 15. Tag). Jährliche F. sind häufig mit dem agrarischen Zyklu…

Hohlmaße

(1,353 words)

Author(s): Sallaberger, Walther (Leipzig) | Felber, Heinz (Leipzig) | Schulzki, Heinz-Joachim (Mannheim)
[English version] I. Alter Orient Mit H. wurden neben Flüssigkeiten v.a. Getreide und andere Schüttgüter (Datteln usw.) gemessen. Dementsprechend werden H. insbesondere in der Administration von Getreide, darunter der Ausgabe von Rationen, eingesetzt. Die üblichen Maßgefäße (besonders

Horapollon

(251 words)

Author(s): Felber, Heinz (Leipzig)
[English version] Der Ägypter H., Autor der Hieroglyphiká, evtl. identisch mit H., dem Sohn des Asklepiades, entstammte einer Familie von Grammatikern und Philosophen aus Phenebythis im Panopolites; wirkte um 500 n.Chr. in Alexandreia. H. ist u.a. bekannt aus der Vita des Proklos-Schülers Isidoros [4], verfaßt vom Neuplatoniker Damaskios, und aus einer zw. 491 und 493 gemachten griech. Eingabe an einen Beamten von Phenebythis (Pap. Cairo 67295).…

Gewichte

(2,595 words)

Author(s): Sallaberger, Walther (Leipzig) | Felber, Heinz (Leipzig) | Hitzl, Konrad (Tübingen)
[English version] I. Alter Orient In Mesopot. und seinen Nachbargebieten bestehen G. aus Stein (meist Hämatit [Haimatites], sonst Kalkstein u.a.) oder Metall (Bronze, Kupfer), häufig in Kor…

Kathartik

(1,319 words)

Author(s): Heinze, Theodor (Genf) | Sallaberger, Walther (Leipzig) | Felber, Heinz (Leipzig)
[English version] A. Einleitung Reinigung von Befleckung/Unreinheit (griech. kátharsis, katharmós) läßt sich als Strategie zur Bewältigung von Unheil verstehen [5. 149-155]. Im griech. Kulturbereich entwickelt sich solche K. aus dem Kontakt mit dem Alten Orient [6. 55-64]. Heinze, Theodor (Genf) B. Religiös [English version] 1. Alter Orient und Ägypten Die altoriental. Kulturen zeigen trotz einiger allg., weiter verbreiteter Gemeinsamkeiten Unterschiede darin, welche Formen von Unreinheit besonders beachtet und wie sie entfernt wurden. In Mesopot. beruht Unreinheit auf dem Verletzen von Ordnung und Tabus, kann sich in Omina (z.B. Mondfinsternissen) ankündigen und in Krankheiten äußern. Körperliche, insbesondere sexuelle Unreinheit, Blut und Tod spielen ebenso wie Speisevorschriften in den Texten eine erstaunlich geringe Rolle. Die Reinigung durch den Fachmann ( āšipu) gilt dem Patienten, zuerst d…

Horus

(491 words)

Author(s): Felber, Heinz (Leipzig)
[English version] Bedeutendster äg. Falkengott, dessen Name (äg. Ḥrw, “der Ferne”) und Gestalt auf seine Funktion als Himmelsgott hinweisen. Die Spur seiner Herkunft verliert sich im Dunkel der Vorgesch. Der bekannteste H.-Gott histor. Zeit ist H. Behedeti ( Bḥdtj) aus dem oberäg. Edfu, doch sprechen Indizien für einen unteräg. Ursprung. Früh erfolgte die Vereinnahmung anderer Falkengötter durch H. sowie seine enge Verbindung mit dem Sonnengott. H. gilt auch als morgendliche Sonne; sein Name ist Appellativ im Sinne von “Herrscher/ H…

Festivals; Feasts

(4,658 words)

Author(s): Sallaberger, Walther (Leipzig) | Felber, Heinz (Leipzig) | Auffarth, Christoph (Tübingen)
[German version] I. The Ancient Orient The ancient Mesopotamian calendar was based on the phases of the lunar cycle and was observed in the cult on a monthly basis (1st, 7th, 15th day). Annual feasts were fre…

Horapollo

(274 words)

Author(s): Felber, Heinz (Leipzig)
[German version] The Egyptian H., author of the Hieroglyphiká, possibly identical to H., the son of Asclepiades, came from a family of grammarians and philosophers from Phenebythis in Panopolites; was active in Alexandria around AD 500. H. is known, among other things, from the vita of the pupil of Proclus,  Isidorus [4], written by the Neoplatonist  Damascius, and from a Greek petition to an official of Phenebythis between 491 and 493 (pap. Cairo 67295). The Greek text of the Hieroglyphiká is recorded in MSS of the 14th cent. and, according to its title, has been translat…

Weights

(2,896 words)

Author(s): Sallaberger, Walther (Leipzig) | Felber, Heinz (Leipzig) | Hitzl, Konrad (Tübingen)
[German version] I. Ancient Orient In Mesopot…

World, creation of the

(4,741 words)

Author(s): Merkt, Andreas (Mainz) | Sallaberger, Walther (Leipzig) | Felber, Heinz (Leipzig) | Heimgartner, Martin (Halle) | Hollender, Elisabeth (Cologne) | Et al.
[German version] I. Definition The term 'creation of the world' ('CW') (κτίσις/ ktísis, Lat. creatio) in the narrower sense should be distinguished from two similar concepts. Unlike 'cosmogony', 'CW' refers to a personal act. Secondly, unlike 'fashioning of the world' in the sense of the craft of a

Origin myths and theories on the origin of culture

(2,363 words)

Author(s): Sallaberger, Walther (Leipzig) | Felber, Heinz (Leipzig) | Heckel, Hartwig (Bochum)
[German version] I. Ancient Orient and Egypt The relatively few ancient Oriental testimonials that can be regarded as OM provide important pointers to the self-image of a culture, but have not yet been discussed from this perspective. Aetiologies primarily with respect to festivals and cult centres are to be found in the Egyptian tradition [7], more rarely in the Mesopotamian [4. 551f., 559f.] and the Hittite tradition [4. 571]; in the OT, they are particularly common in Genesis (e.g. Gn 28: Bethel).…

Measure of volume

(1,573 words)

Author(s): Sallaberger, Walther (Leipzig) | Felber, Heinz (Leipzig) | Schulzki, Heinz-Joachim (Mannheim)
[German version] I. Ancient Orient Measures of volume were used to measure liquids and especially grain and other bulk solids (dates, etc.). Therefore, they were employed in th…

Myos Hormos

(105 words)

Author(s): Felber, Heinz (Leipzig)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Egypt | Commerce | India, trade with | Egypt (Μυὸς Ὅρμος/ Muòs Hórmos, Egyptian Dww). Port on the Red Sea, modern Quṣar. Only Ptol. 4,5,8 refers to this port as Leukos limen, probably the result of a misidentification [1]. From the 1st cent. AD onwards, its links with the port city of Berenice [9] gained in importance. Remains of mostly sacral buildings in situ date back to the Pto…

Horus

(588 words)

Author(s): Felber, Heinz (Leipzig)
[German version] The most important Egyptian hawk god, whose name (Egyptian Ḥrw, ‘the remote’) and form indicate his function as sky god. Any trace of his origins is lost in the mists of prehistory. The best-known H. god of historical times is H. Behedeti ( Bḥdtj) from  Edfu in Upper Egypt, however, there is evidence of a Lower Egyptian origin. H. soon assimilated other hawk gods and was closely linked with the sun god. H. is also regarded as the morning sun; his name is an appellative in the sense of ‘ruler/highest/sublime’ (e.g. in Harac…

Hospitality

(1,855 words)

Author(s): Felber, Heinz (Leipzig) | Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel) | Wagner-Hasel, Beate (Darmstadt)
[German version] I. Ancient Orient and Egypt In Egypt and Mesopotamia, hospitality was not regarded as a va…

Banquet

(3,705 words)

Author(s): Sallaberger, Walther (Leipzig) | Felber, Heinz (Leipzig) | Schmitt-Pantel, Pauline (Paris) | Binder, Gerhard (Bochum)
[German version] I. Egypt and the ancient Orient The central Egyptian sources of information regarding banquets are the depictions of the funerary banquet in the tombs of Theban officials dating from the 18th dynasty (15th -14th cents. BC). The early pictures show the tomb's occupant with his spouse as the host in front of a table loaded with dishes of food and faced by their guests in several rows. Servants adorn them with flowers and bring wine and food, pleasant-smelling ointments and utensils for ha…

Canopus

(234 words)

Author(s): Felber, Heinz (Leipzig)
[German version] Town at the mouth of the then westernmost branch of the Nile, Egyptian P(r)-gwtj, near what is now Abū Qīr west of Alexandria; as a seaport C. was the gate of Egypt (road to  Naucratis) from the 8th cent. BC onwards, until Alexandria, to which C. was linked via a canal, took on this role. C. was an important religious centre with  Sarapis as its principal god (famous temple as the place of healing sleep and of oracles [1; 2]). Isis and Harpocrates were worshipped here. An  Ibis cemetery from t…

Square measures

(917 words)

Author(s): Sallaberger, Walther (Leipzig) | Felber, Heinz (Leipzig) | Chantraine, Heinrich (Mannheim)
[German version] I. Ancient Near East Various concepts of square measures (SM) are found (even simultaneously) in Mesopotamia. The oldest, attested from the late 4th millennium BC, was based on the length measurements of squares or rectangles, and was thus suited to the needs of surveying fields: 1 rod × 1 rod (with 1 rod = 6 m) = 1 rod square ('bed') (36 m2). The fundamental unit for fields was 1 'field' or 'dyke' (0.36 ha). In the 1st millennium, the Babylonian system (for smaller areas) was based on a rectangle with one  fixed side of 1 'reed' (= 7 cubits) and a variable other side, whose length indicated the area. In Assyria (from mid-2nd millennium) and Babylonia from the 7th cent., SM were expressed as measures of volume, which indicated the amount of seed needed for the respective area:…
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