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Herakleopolis magna

(95 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[English version] Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Pilgerschaft (äg. Nn-njswt, h. Ihnāsiyat al-madīna). Stadt auf dem Westufer des Nils im Eingangsbereich des Fajjūm; Metropole des 20. oberäg. Gaues; Kultort des mit Herakles geglichenen Widdergottes Harsaphes und Herkunftsstadt der herakleopolitanischen 9./10. Dyn. in der 1. Zwischenzeit. Die arch. Zeugnisse am Ort, Gräberfelder und Tempel, reichen bis in die 1. Zwischenzeit bzw. das MR (1. H. 2. Jt. v.Chr.) zurück. Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin) Bibliography F. Gomaà, s.v. H.m., LÄ 2, 1124-1127 …

Mendes

(96 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[English version] (äg. np.t oder ( Pr-b-nb) -Ḏd.t; mod. Tall al-Rub). Stadt im nö Nildelta, Metropole des 16. unteräg. Gaues und Kultort des Widdergottes B-nb-Ḏd.t (“Widder, Herr von M.”). Neuere Grabungen haben ausgedehnte Befunde schon des AR, u.a. einen Beamtenfriedhof der 6. Dyn. (2290-2157 v.Chr.) und der 1. Zwischenzeit (2154-2040) aufgedeckt. Bauteile belegen den Tempel des NR. Eine bes. Blüte erlebte M. in der Spätzeit und Ptolemäerzeit (8.-1. Jh.v.Chr.); in der röm. Kaiserzeit ging die Bed. von M. auf das benachbarte Thmuis (Tell Timai) über. Seidlmayer, Stephan Jo…

Dodekaschoinos

(97 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[English version] “Zwölfmeilenland”, in griech.-röm. Zeit (Ptol. 4,5,74 und Hdt. 2,29) Bezeichnung des ca. 135 km langen Nordabschnitts Nubiens zw. Syene und Takompso ( Tqmps)/Hierosykaminos (al-Maharraqa) [1], der von den Herrschern dem Tempel der Isis von Philae vor allem zur Erhebung von Zöllen auf den Warenverkehr übereignet wurde. In einer fiktiv in das AR zurückdatierten Felsstele auf Seḥel, wohl aus der Zeit Ptolemaios' V., reklamiert die Priesterschaft des Chnumtempels von Elephantine ältere Rechte an diesem Gebiet [2]. Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin) Biblio…

Elephantine

(290 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[English version] Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Ägypten | Ägypten | Indienhandel (ägypt. bw, “Elephanten-” bzw. “Elfenbeininsel”). Insel am Nordausgang des 1. Nilkatarakts; die Siedlung auf ihrer Südspitze [1] bestand seit spätprähistor. Zeit. In der 1. Dyn. wurde hier im ägypt.-nubischen Grenzgebiet eine Festung errichtet; sie wurde im AR zur befestigten Stadt ausgebaut; seitdem war E. Hauptstadt des ersten oberägypt. Gaues und südl. Grenzstadt, kontrollierte den Handelsverkehr nach Nubien…

Djoser

(144 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[English version] (ägypt. Ḏsr, zeitgenössisch nur der Horusname Nṯrj-ẖt belegt; bei Manetho Τόσορθρος bzw. Σέσορθος). Erster oder zweiter König der 3. Dyn.; regierte lt. dem Turiner Königs-Pap. 19 Jahre (ca. 2650 v.Chr.); polit. Ereignisse sind aus seiner Zeit nicht bekannt. D. errichtete, wohl unter Mitwirkung des Imhotep (Imuthes) in Saqqara einen monumentalen Grabkomplex, dessen Zentrum die erste Pyramide, ein aus einer Mastaba entwickelter Stufenbau auf fast quadratischem Grundriß bildete, umgeben u…

Pyramide

(1,628 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
(äg. mr, griech. πυραμίς, lat. pyramis). Monumentaler Grabbau urspr. des äg. Königs auf quadratischem Grundriß mit im Idealfall plan-dreieckigen Seitenflächen. Die Spitze der P., aus einem eigenen Steinblock gefertigt und oft bes. dekoriert, wird in der Arch. als Pyramidion (äg. bnbn.t) bezeichnet. [English version] I. Ursprung und Bedeutung Bei der ersten P., der Stufen-P. des Djoser in Saqqara (ca. 2700 v. Chr.), zeigen die beiden ältesten Bauphasen noch die einfache Mastaba-Form auf gedrungen-rechteckigem Grundriß, der dem Umriß der Graban…

Cheops

(167 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[German version] (Egyptian Nmw-ḫwj.f-wj; Hdt. Χέοψ ( Chéops), Manetho Σοῦφις ( Soûphis), Ps.-Eratosth. fr. 17 Σαῶφις ( Saôphis); in Diod. Sic. 1,63 also  Chemmis/Χέμμις). Second ruler of the 4th dynasty; according to the Turin Papyrus of Kings reigned 23 years ( c. 2550 BC). Nothing is known of political events during his reign. C. inaugurated the necropolis at  Giza, where with the construction of his pyramid (the largest) and establishment of a cemetery for members of the elite he realized the concept of a unified royal residence nec…

Heracleopolis magna

(113 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Pilgrimage (Egyptian Nn-njswt, modern Ihnāsiyat al-madīna). Town on the western bank of the Nile near the entrance of the  Faiyum; metropolis of the 20th Upper Egyptian nome; cult site of the ram god Harsaphes who was equated with  Heracles, and place of origin of the Heracleopolitan 9th/10th Dynasties in the First Intermediate Period. The archaeological remains (grave fields and temples) extend back to the First Intermediate Period or the Middle Kingdom (1st half of the 2nd millennium BC). Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (…

Dodekaschoinos

(113 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[German version] ‘Twelve mile land’, term in the Graeco-Roman period (Ptol. 4,5,74 and Hdt. 2,29) for the c. 135 km long northern sector of Nubia between  Syene and Takompso ( Tqmps)/Hierosycaminus (al-Maharraqa) [1] that was transferred by the rulers to the temple of  Isis at  Philae mainly for the levy of taxes on the transport of goods. In a stone stele at Seḥel claiming to date back to the Old Kingdom, but in fact probably from the time of Ptolemy V, the priesthood of the Chnum temple at  Elephantine claims older rights to this region [2]. Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin) Bibliogra…

Nile

(1,387 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[German version] River of Egypt, Egyptian ḥpj (actually the N. flood) or jtrw ( ­) ‘the (large)river’; therefore Coptic joor and Hebrew jeōr; Greek Neĩlos (Νεῖλος), since Hesiod (Hes. Theog. 338); Homer (Hom. Od. 4,447) calls the river and the country Aígyptos (Αἰγυπτος). With 6,695 km it is the longest river in the world. The source rivers, the Blue and White Nile, originate in Lake Tana (Ethiopia) and Lake Victoria (Uganda) respectively to unite near Khartum (Sudan). After the inflow of the Atbara river, the N. flows without addi…

Sephres

(110 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[German version] (Σεφρής/ Sephrḗs, Manetho (Sync. 107); Egyptian S­ḥw-R/ Sahure). Second king of the 5th dynasty ( c. 2496-2483 BC), probably the brother of Userkaf and a son of Queen Khentkaus. His pyramid temples near Abū Ṣīr are preserved relatively well, esp. their relief decoration; they are representatives of the canonical type (pyramid).The sun-temple of S. is known from written sources, but has not yet been found. Finds of isolated groups of statues probably originate from there. Several expeditions to Sinai and Nubia are documented in annals and expedition inscriptions. Se…

Mastaba

(395 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[German version] (Arabic: ‘bench’). Basic form for ancient Egyptian non-royal graves in the Old Kingdom. The emergence of the mastaba form can be traced to the beginning of the first dynasty (3000-2870 BC) in the region of Memphis. It consists of long, rectangular, north-south oriented, high and solidly filled-in structures with sloping side walls, which reproduce the basic shape of a house in an elementary stylised manner. Originally, the structure covered the grave chamber, which was situated in…

Imuthes

(205 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[German version] [1] see Petobastis IV see  Petobastis IV Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin) [German version] [2] Official of Heliopolis (Imhotep; Egyptian Jj-m-Ḥtp; Greek Ἰμούθης/ Imoúthēs). Documented in contemporary inscriptions and papyri at the beginning of the 3rd Dynasty (around 2650 BC) under  Djoser and Sechemchet as the highest ranking official, senior demesne administrator and high priest of  Heliopolis, perhaps also in the (cult?) role of senior sculptor and site manager. In light of later tradition, he …

Senis

(142 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[German version] (Σῆνις; Sênis; Demotic Snj). Greek form of the Egyptian toponym Snm.t, which is documented under various names, particularly Τμουσάνις/ Tmousánis ('the island of Snj'). Snm.t denoted the island of Bīǧa (possibly also an originally larger group of islands) in the First Cataract of the Nile on the border between Egypt and Nubia to the west of Philae. Bīǧa is primarily known through rock inscriptions from the Middle Kingdom; there is also written evidence of a border fortification. Remains of a temple date …

Apotropaic texts

(342 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[German version] In Egyptian magic for warding off enemies, a figure made of clay, wax, wood or stone that resembled the fettered enemy was inscribed with the name of the person against whom the  spell was meant to work. Spell 37 from the coffin texts describes this process and instructs the person casting the spell to bury the figure in a graveyard after reciting a magic spell. These so-called apotropaic figures, whose inscriptions were aimed against individual persons (sometimes grouped with fam…

Saqqara

(325 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[German version] Necropolis area with a length of c. 7.5 km at the edge of the Libyan desert south of Cairo. The heartland (S. north) was laid out in the 1st Dynasty (around 3000 BC) as a necropolis of Memphis on a hill above the newly founded city with a cemetery for the highest officials and members of the royal house. From the 2nd Dynasty (and right through to the 1st Intermediate Period), royal tomb complexes were repeatedly built in S., for example the pyramid complex of Djoser whose proximity was …

Pyramid

(2,023 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
(Egyptian mr, Greek πυραμίς/ pyramís, Lat. pyramis). Monumental funerary structure, originally of the Egyptian kings, on a square layout, with, in the ideal case, planar triangular sides. The term in archaeology for the apex of the pyramid, formed from a single block of stone and often especially decorated, is pyramidion (Egyptian bnbn.t). [German version] I. Origin and interpretation The two oldest phases of the first pyramid, the step-pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara ( c. 2700 BC), still display the simple mastaba form on a confined rectangular plan, whi…

Elephantine

(358 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Egypt | India, trade with | Egypt (Egypt. bw, ‘elephant’ or ‘ivory island’). Island at the northern end of the first cataract of the Nile; the settlement on its southern tip [1] dates back to late prehistoric times. During the 1st dynasty, a fortress was built in this border region between Egypt and Nubia; at the time of the Old Kingdom, it was extended into a fortified town. From then on, E. was the capital of the first Upper Egyptian nome and its so…

Edfu

(108 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[German version] (Egypt. Ḏb; Greek Ἀπολλωνόσπολις μεγάλη; Apollōnóspolis megálē). City on the western shore of the Nile in the south of Upper Egypt, at the end of important caravan routes to the red Sea and to the gold mines of the Eastern desert. Capital of the second Upper Egyptian district. The temple of Horus from the Ptolemaic period (built by Ptolemy III-XII) is excellently preserved, and its rich decorations with images and writing are an important source for the religion of late Egypt [1; 2]. Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin) Bibliography 1 Le temple d'Edfou I-XV, 1897-1985 2…

Hyksos

(373 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin)
[German version] (Egyptian Ḥq.w-ḫs.wt, ‘Rulers of foreign lands’; Greek Ὑκσώς/ Hyksṓs) Rulers of foreign peoples are sporadically named H. from the late Old Kingdom onwards: the Turin Royal Canon assigns this term to a dynasty of six kings of foreign origin (15th Dynasty, c. 1650-1540 BC) in the 2nd intermediate period, whose first representatives bore this title themselves before fully adopting the Egyptian royal titulature later on. Josephus (Ap. 1,14,82ff.), based on  Manetho, incorrectly applies the term, and with an inexact etymol…
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