Date of Award
Master of Arts
Ancient Egyptian Art & Culture
Lorelei H Corcoran
Joshua Aaron Roberson
Peter James Brand
This study looks at a scene on the lower register of the south wall of the First Hypostyle Hall of the Temple of Seti I at Abydos, in which Ramesses II is shown held by the goddess Isis and suckled by four forms of the goddess Hathor. The only complete line drawing of the relief, by Mariette, dates to 1869 and the only known published photograph, by Capart, dates to 1912. First, I interpret the scene in the context of the Temple of Seti I, which demonstrates the extent of Ramesses II's power over both the geographical land of Egypt and the divine realm. Next, I provide a translation of the entire text accompanying the scene. Finally, I examine the scene's ideology, looking at the roles played by Hathor and Isis, the Suckling motif, the locations presented in the epithets of Hathor, and the crowns worn by the figures.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Fairbairn, Cannon Aileen, "Communicating Power through Text and Iconography: A Suckling Scene from the Temple of Seti I at Abydos" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2089.