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Royal ideology and legitimacy at the beginning of New Kingdom: The function and decorative program of temples of millions of years

Project description

Taking a closer look at ancient Egyptian temple walls

The walls of ancient Egyptian temples tell many stories. The iconography is an important source of knowledge for understanding religion, thought or ideology. The EU-funded DecoProg project will study the iconographic programme of these temples to explain how they may reflect the needs of the kingship and legitimacy, as well as explore the relations of power and identity established during the 18th dynasty (ca. 1539-1292 BC). This was a time of ideological rebirth and political stability. The findings will shed light on the interactions between the royal and funerary worship of the sovereign in such ‘Temples of millions of years’ as well as other types of temples dedicated to deities.


Net EU contribution
€ 184 707,84
Route De Mende
34199 Montpellier Cedex 5
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00