Abu Simbel, Interior of the Temple of Hathor

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Carole Raddato
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published on 15 March 2022

The Temple of Hathor or "Small Temple" was constructed during the reign of Ramesses II (c. 1279 - c. 1213 BCE). It was dedicated to the goddess Hathor and Queen Nefertari, Ramesses' favourite wife. The temple's hypostyle hall is supported by six pillars with the head of the goddess Hathor and decorated scenes with Ramesses II and Nefertari presenting offerings to different gods and the goddesses. Among the several scenes on the walls, we see Ramesses II, accompagnied by Nefertari, as he is about to kill a Nubian prisoner.

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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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Raddato, C. (2022, March 15). Abu Simbel, Interior of the Temple of Hathor. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/15452/abu-simbel-interior-of-the-temple-of-hathor/

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Raddato, Carole. "Abu Simbel, Interior of the Temple of Hathor." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 15 Mar 2022. Web. 28 Sep 2022.

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