Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



Committee Chair

Suzanne Onstine

Committee Member

Lorelei Corcoran

Committee Member

Chrystal Goudsouzian

Committee Member

Patricia Podzorski


This examination of the scene found on the northern half of the western interior wall of the Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak Temple, focuses on Hathor, who is depicted fifteen times within the three rows that make up the Procession to the Cults of Hathor relief. Those scenes portray a connection between the early 19th dynasty rulers, Ramesses I and Sety I, and the cults of Hathor. The cult locations, provided in the epithets attached to each of the manifestations of the goddess include: Dendera, Southern Sycomore, Byblos, Land of Turquoise, Thebes, Ht-Sekhem, WADyt, Medjed[et], the Red Land, Cusae, Hetepet, Buto, Punt, and RwDwy. The analysis of these locations revealed that the many of the cult places were significant in ways that would have strengthened and supported the rule of the newly-established dynastic family. The geographic positions of these locations also revealed that the Procession is likely representative of a journey to these cult places that can be related to Sety Is legitimation process. An additional layer to the scene is that it portrays Sety Is hegemony over those locations, uniting them and his authority over them forever on the stone walls of the Great Hypostyle Hall.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest