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Theological Defences of the Canopic Gate in the Saïte Period (Hardback)

Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology 9

Imprint: Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology
Series: Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology
Pages: 200
Illustrations: 103
ISBN: 9781905905409
Published: 11th February 2018
Casemate UK Academic

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This work explores the theological defences conceived by the Egyptians at Thonis-Heracleion to guard the Canopic gate, which in the Saïte period was the main entrance to the port of Thonis-Heracleion, the entry-point to Egypt for foreign vessels. The divine forces, including Khonsu-Thoth and Neith, were deployed alongside military forces that were also located at the Canopic gate. The temple to Khonsu-Thoth, Lord of the Gezirah, was dedicated by Amasis, and also served to legitimate the power of the Saïte kings. This study brings together a range of material evidence for these theological defences.

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