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Lezing 24 november: Barry Kemp - Re-examining the temples to the Aten at Tell el-Amarna

Lezing op dinsdag 24 november om 20u

KU Leuven, Faculteit Letteren, Blijde Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven, lokaal Lett. 08.16 (Justus Lipsiuszaal)


The Amarna Project is currently re-examining the site of the Great Aten Temple, first cleared by the Egypt Exploration Society in 1932. The results of the 1932 excavation, when joined with the detailed pictures of the temple carved in some of the tombs at Amarna, present a reasonably clear picture of the building and of the way it was used which help to define the cult of the Aten. The current re-examination, which still has a long way to go, is revealing a more complex history of development extending until late in Akhenaten's reign and a pattern of usage which is barely, if at all, depicted in the tomb scenes. The lecture will also briefly survey the results of a re-examination of the Small Aten Temple (carried out in the late 1980s/early 1990s) and of a partial excavation of the site of Kom el-Nana done at the same time. The emerging picture is one that is common to many fields of research: the closer one looks, the harder it is to make generalisations.

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