The Temples of Khnum on Elephantine in the New Kingdom

The Centre for the Research on the Egyptian Temple

of the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures of the Polish Academy of Sciences

has an honour to invite you for a lecture

“The Temples of Khnum on Elephantine in the New Kingdom”


Dr Felix Arnold

presented during a seminar of the cycle of a training course

“Methods of Documentation, Interpretation, and Publication of the Sacral Buildings”

The seminar will take place on Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 at 1:00 PM

in the Staszic Palace, room 05 (ground floor).


In the New Kingdom, the largest and most significant temple on Elephantine was dedicated to the god Khnum. Since the studies of Werner Kaiser and Martin Bommas, a large number of additional relief blocks deriving from the temple have been found, shedding new light on its structure and meaning. Based on the result of the past six years of work, the temple precinct now appears to have been composed of several different structures all dedicated to Khnum, among them a sanctuary built by Thutmosis II, a barque station dedicated by Hatshepsut, a temple house, a temple courtyard and a pylon erected by Thutmosis III, as well as a second temple courtyard begun by Amenhotep II and finished by Thutmosis IV and Ramses II. The lecture will strive to present a synthetic vision of the temple, its evolution and its implication for our understanding of New Kingdom temples.


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