The Sun King (Episode 105)

Amunhotep III (Part 12): Pharaoh as a God.

By the time of his second Sed-Festival (in year 34), Amunhotep III had reached the pinnacle of his earthly influence and power. Some of this grandiosity manifested in a strange trend: from various sources, we get a sense of the King styling himself as a god.

In Episode 106, we explore the monuments which present Neb-ma’at-Re Amunhotep III as a member of the divine pantheon…

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Amunhotep III’s temple at Elephantine as recorded by the French Expedition.

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The temple of Soleb; ground plan by the Lepsius expedition.
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Amunhotep III embracing the moon-god Khonsu, who may be Amunhotep as well (Giorgini et al.)
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Soleb temple (Giorgini et al.)
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The temple of Soleb (Giorgini et al.)
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Amunhotep III at Soleb (Giorgini et al.)
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Amunhotep III as the god Nefertem, the primeval Lotus Flower from which Creation emerged


Aidan Dodson, Amarna Sunrise, 2014.

Michela Schiff Giorgini (et al.), Soleb, (multiple volumes), 2002-2003.

Arielle P. Kozloff, Amenhotep III: Egypt’s Radiant Pharaoh, 2012.

Arielle P. Kozloff and Betsy M. Bryan, Egypt’s Dazzling Sun: Amenhotep III and His World, 1992.

David O’Connor and Eric Cline (eds.) Amenhotep III: Perspectives on His Reign, 2001.

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