Temple of Dakka, Egypt


Carole Raddato
published on 13 March 2022
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The Temple of Dakka is a Meroitic, Ptolemaic and Roman temple located in New Wadi es-Sebua, a temple complex area in southern Egypt located on the banks of Lake Nasser. It was placed in its present location as part of the large rescue effort led by UNESCO to save the ancient monuments of Lower Nubia from the waters of Lake Nasser. The temple was first begun in the 3rd century BCE by Kushite King of Meroe Arkamani (or Ergamenes II) in collaboration with Ptolemy IV (r. 221 – 204 BCE), who dedicated it to the god Thoth. Its construction continued in the reigns of later Ptolemies, and Roman emperors Augustus (r. 27 BCE - 14 CE) and Tiberius (r. 14 to 37 CE) who enlarged the structure by constructing a massive 12-metre-high pylon.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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