Chapter

Thebes.<sup>1</sup>

Jason Thompson

in Description of Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9789774245251
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.003.0027
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“Thebes,” is doubtless a corruption of the Egyptian name of “Tape,” which, in the Memphitic dialect, was pronounced “Thaba.” It is probable that Thebes was founded about twenty-three centuries, or perhaps more, before the Christian era. Of all the remains found there, the most ancient of those that have sculptures to prove their age are of the period of the earliest Egyptian sculptured monuments; and are probably surpassed in antiquity only by the pyramids, and some of the other tombs, of Memphis. Of all the monuments of Thebes, Herodotus only mentions a great hall into which he was conducted by the priests of Jupiter, and where he was shewn the colossal wooden images of the successive high-priests. This chapter describes a town called El-Oock'soor, the great temple of Kur'nak, a destrict named El-Ckoor'neh, a city named Medee'net Hha'boo, and the Valley of Beeba'n el-Mooloo'k.

Keywords: Thebes; Thaba; Christian era; Egyptian sculptured monuments; Memphis

Chapter.  54105 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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