“Exalted is the Sun of our land! We were…

“Exalted is the Sun of our land! We were lost in the land daily in the darkness, which King Ramses III has expelled. The multitude rejoices in this land, none is sad, for the God Amon has established His son upon His throne, and all the circuit of the Sun is united in His grasp”

(from the Great Inscription of the year 5, on the Second Court of the Temple of Millions of Years of King Ramses III; translation from “Ancient Records of Egypt” by J.H. Breasted, IV-22)

Temple of Millions of Years of King Ramses III at west ‘Uaset’-Thebes,
scene from the north wall (upper register) of the Second Court:
King Ramses III carried by His sons in triumphal procession upon the Royal Palanquin.
The King is represented enthroned, wearing the Blue Crown, holding the ‘Heqa’-scepter and the Flail; behind Him, the Two Maat-Goddesses spreading Their wings in protection. On the side of the throne, a sphinx; next to the King, a lion. Below the Royal Palanquin, three priests

Deified Portrait of Antinous as Bacchus, c…

Deified

Portrait of Antinous as Bacchus, ca. 130 (marble)

Antinous was Hadrian’s lover. He met Hadrian in 120s CE and died in the Nile, Egypt, in 130 CE.

Following his death, Hadrian founded the city of Antinopolis close to Antinous’s place of death, which became a cultic centre for the worship of Osiris-Antinous. Now in the Jamahiriya Museum, Tripoli, Libya.

Tutankhamun in his war-chariot shooting arro…

Tutankhamun in his war-chariot shooting arrows at his Asiatic enemies, detail from a wooden chest found in his tomb. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

“While his private life is barely mentioned – …

“While his private life is barely mentioned – it seems that he was either self-created, that he was a motherless son of Ra, or that he was, perhaps, the ‘son of two fathers’, born to Seth and Horus. He was married either to the obscure goddess Nehmettawy or to Seshat, the patroness of mathematics, architecture and astronomy, who might also be either his sister or his daughter.

Thoth continually appears as a peripheral character in other people’s tales where, invariably, he acts as a calming influence and displays great wisdom. However, even the most mild mannered of accountants may be capable of violence. The original Thoth, the Thoth who appears in the Pyramid Texts, is an altogether more aggressive knife wielding being, prone to decapitate the enemies of the deceased.”

The Penguin Book of Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt, by Joyce Tyldesley

Queen Neithhotep

Queen Neithhotep

Relief depicting the four ram-headed god Baneb…

Relief depicting the four ram-headed god Banebdjedet of Mendes, sailing on his solar barque across the firmament, detail from the astronomical ceiling in the outer Hypostyle Hall of the Temple of Hathor at Dendera.

Mereruka vizier’s funeral statue in fr…

Mereruka vizier’s funeral statue in front of his false door at his Saqqara tomb. Reign of Teti. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, ca. 2345-2181 BC.

Vignettes from a mythological papyrus, written…

Vignettes from a mythological papyrus, written in Hieroglyphic language. Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305-30 BC. Now in the Louvre.

The Sphinx and the Chimaera, 1921 (oil on canv…

The Sphinx and the Chimaera, 1921 (oil on canvas)

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925)

Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California

Marble statue of the jackal-headed god Anubis …

Marble statue of the jackal-headed god Anubis (Hermanubis),

associated with mummification and the afterlife,

holding the Caduceus of Hermes in his left hand, dating from the 2nd century. Now in the Vatican Museums and Galleries.