Date of Award
Master of Arts
Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Lorelei H. Corcoran
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.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Middleton, Andrea Louise, "Representations of Time in the Temple of Hathor at Dendera: Iconographical Analyses of the Two Astronomical Ceilings in Terms of Neheh and Djet" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 671.