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The Theology of Hathor of Dendera
Aural and Visual Scribal Techniques in the Per-Wer Sanctuary

By Barbara A. Richter

The Theology of Hathor of Dendera
Hardback, 573 pages £119.00
Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781937040512
Format: 279mm x 216mm
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Subjects: Egyptology, Lockwood Press
Series: Wilbour Studies in Egyptology and Assyriology

The Ptolemaic period witnessed an enormous increase in the number of hieroglyphic signs and iconographic elements (composite crowns, scepters and cult objects). The ancient scribes exploited this complexity when composing the reliefs used in temple decoration, selecting particular words, hieroglyphic signs, and iconographic elements in order to create interconnected multiple layers of meaning, forming a tapestry of sound and sight. The Theology of Hathor of Dendera examines these techniques on both micro- and macro-levels, from their smallest details to their broadest thematic connections, foregrounding individual techniques to determine the words and phrases singled out for emphasis. By synthesizing their use in the three-dimensional space of the most important cult chamber in the Temple of Hathor at Dendera, this new method of analysis not only reveals the most essential characteristics of the local theology, but also shows how the ancient scribes envisioned the universe and the place of humankind within it.

The Myth of the Wandering Goddess and the Per-Wer Sanctuary

Word Play in the Per-Wer

Sign Play in the Per-Wer

Plays on Iconography and Epithets

The Per-Wer Sanctuary


Translation of the Texts in the Per-Wer Sanctuary

Appendix 1: Table of Word Plays in the Per-Wer Sanctuary

Appendix 2: Table of Sign Plays in the Per-Wer Sanctuary



Subject Index

Index of Artifacts

Index of Ancient Languages

Index of Ancient Texts

Index of Transliterated Terms

Barbara A. Richter received her PhD in the Department of Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012, where she is currently a lecturer in Egyptology. Her research focuses on the religion, language and art of ancient Egypt, with an emphasis on the later periods.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 573 pages
 279mm x 216mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002000, HIS002030, HIS039000, SOC003000
 Lockwood Press


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