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Bibil Identifier bibil:229291
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) This Far and Not a Step Further! The Ideological Concept of Ancient Egyptian Boundary Stelae
Author Vogel, Carola
Congress volume Egypt, Canaan and Israel: History, Imperialism, Ideology and Literature
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 320-341 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper reconsiders the ancient Egyptian tradition of setting up stelae as boundary markers by discussing examples from the Middle and New Kingdoms. The stelae originating from Nubia, Egypt, and the ancient Near East will be analysed in order to obtain a better understanding of their ideological concept. The main focus will be on the question of where the stelae had originally been erected, thus allowing their supposed addressees to be narrowed down. Unfortunately, most of the monuments have not been found in situ. With respect to the twin boundary stelae dated to year 16 of Senusret III and discovered in the fortresses of Semna-West and Uronarti, there is strong evidence that they were replaced during the 18th Dynasty and incorporated in shrines to guarantee their participation in the cult of their deified owner. However, the fact that later kings worshipped stelae of their deified predecessors within temples does not necessarily imply that these monuments were set up in a cultic environment at the time of their erection. The question remains if the stelae were originally raised at easily visible spots, rather than in almost invisible shrines. Until now their supposed location has been discussed controversially among scholars, due foremost to the lack of evidence. With the most recent finds from Tell el-Borg in mind, this paper takes a new look at old data to improve our understanding of the entire group of ancient Egyptian boundary stelae.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : History and Civilization : Middle Empire (12th Dynasty)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : History and Civilization : New Empire (18th-20th Dynasties) : Thutmosis III
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Epigraphy
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