Last Monuments (Episode 106b)

Bonus Episode! Lesser-known and Completed Monuments of Amunhotep III.

By 1365 BCE, many of Amunhotep’s monuments were nearing completion. Some of these, though, have been forgotten – like the King’s elaborate contributions to the city of Memphis. In this episode, we try to reconstruct that temple – and see how the King glorified one of Egypt’s most important gods. Also, we take a tour of the grand Luxor Temple, exploring the shrines and structures of this magnificent site. Finally, we visit Malqata Palace once again – as Amunhotep expands it for the second time.

  • Time period: c.1365 BCE
  • King: Neb-ma’at-Re Amun-hotep III
  • Notable sites: Memphis (Men nefer / Hwt ka Ptah), Thebes (Wa set), Malqata (Neb-ma’at-Re Aten Tjehen), Luxor Temple (Ipet sut).
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Memphis (Hwt ka Ptah)

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The south-western portion of Ptah’s precinct (Markovic 2016).
Artist’s visualisation of Memphis (Jean-Claude Golvin)

Malqata (Neb-ma’at-Re Aten tjehen)

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The North Palace of Malqata (adapted from Koltsida 2011).
Artist’s visualisation of Malqata, centre-left, with the artificial lake Birket Habu (Jean-Claude Golvin).

Luxor Temple (Ipt swt)

All photos by Dominic Perry, 2019.

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Doorway of the central shrine (1 of 3).
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Amunhotep III before various manifestations of Amun.
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Amunhotep III before Amun-Min.
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Hall of the shrine sanctuary (originally roofed).
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The grand courtyard (solar court?).
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Columns of the grand courtyard.

Select Bibliography

Lanny Bell, “Luxor Temple and the Cult of the Royal Ka,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies (1985).

Aidan Dodson, Amarna Sunrise, 2014.

Anna Garnett, “‘The Like of Which Never Existed’: The Memphite Building Programme of Amenhotep III,” Current Research in Egyptology (2009).

Anna Koltsida, “The North Palace at Malkata,” Archiv für Orientforschung (2011).

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.

Richard H. Wilkinson, The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt, 2000.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Jan says:

    Just a quick Heads-Up; several of your re-recorded episodes are unavailable for download, I presume this is by accident as the ones before and after are there. Might be worth to have a look, I couldn’t DL ep 5 *He who makes…*, *Beer Princes* and the *Infinite waters* but I stopped looking after episode 15 so there might be others.

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Thanks Janne; the “Prince of Beers” episode is now defunct (the content was incorporated into He Who Makes Beautiful Things. I have updated all the other links to correct versions 🙂

  2. Jo Burl says:

    Love the photos you put up. Makes me sad that half the screen is taken up with the name of the episode…

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Jo, I’ll be updating the website design/layout in the new year (2020). In the meantime, if you open any image in a new tab it will appear in the full resolution. Hope this helps

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