Honorary Research Associate presents paper on the Nine Dead Deities from the Temple of Edfu

Dr Amr Gaber gives paper at the Ancient Egyptian Language and Text Workshop at Queen's College, Oxford.

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Nine deitiesDr Amr Gaber, an Honorary Research Associate of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities at Swansea University, attended the Fifth Ancient Egyptian Language and Text Workshop (AELT 5) which was held at the Queen’s College, University of Oxford, on Saturday 25 May 2013. The purpose of AELT 5 is to bring together text-focused academic researchers in Egyptology in the UK and to provide a forum for sharing and discussing ideas, problems, and issues.

Dr Gaber gave a paper entitled: 'Texts Accompanying the Nine Dead Deities from the Temple of Edfu'.  The paper stems from his current post-doc project which he is working on at Swansea University.  It investigates a group of nine deities that frequently appear in the temples of Horus at Edfu and Hathor at Dendera. The texts accompanying these nine deities can be classified into individual and collective texts. By analysing these texts, not only is their connection with the temple of Edfu revealed but also two mythologies about the deities in question are shown. Last but not least, the case of how to form an ennead locally by the priests of any temple in ancient Egypt is presented.

(Image:  The nine dead deities from the temple of Horus at Edfu)