The Hawk in Festival

Aidan Dodson

in Amarna Sunset

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9789774163043
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781936190041 | DOI:
The Hawk in Festival

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In the reign of Tutankhamun, Horemheb's career appears on the scene. Some wondered whether he might have previously served Akhenaten under another name because of the four constructional phases seen in Horemheb's tomb which suggests that there may be some stages of promotion. In his restoration in the Upper Colonnade of the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari, Horemheb calls Thutmose III as the “father of his fathers”, but whether this might indicate a remote claim to royal blood, or just a view of the inherent unity of the monarchial succession is still uncertain. Although evidence of Horemheb's long Coronation Inscription is on the rear of a Turin statue, text in this statue opens with his royal title in which is described as “beloved of Horus of Hutnesu.” This describes that Horemheb was born with divine protection, which was recognized as a special since childhood, and destined for kingship.

Keywords: kingship; succession; promotion; royal title; divine protection; Tutankhamun; Horemheb; Thutmose III

Chapter.  7569 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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