Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

808

Date

2013

Date of Award

4-18-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Art History

Concentration

Egyptian Art and Archaeology

Committee Chair

Lorelei H. Corcoran

Committee Member

Nigel Strudwick

Committee Member

Suzanne Onstine

Abstract

The ancient Egyptians viewed time in two distinctly different manners, both cyclical and linear. Evidence for these conceptions of time abound in Egyptian texts and are present in Egyptian art. The two astronomical ceilings at Dendera, the circular zodiac ceiling of the Osiris Chapel and the rectangular zodiac from the outer hypostyle hall, have traditionally been described as symbolic representations of the night sky or time-keeping instruments. However, I will argue that opposed to these traditional views, the evidence from these reliefs presents artistic representations of both forms of time in graphic, visual form.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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