Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III in the Temple of Amun-Ra at Karnak: recent work and future prospects
The Temple of Amun-Ra at Karnak is Egypt’s largest preserved temple, sprawling across its vast 25-hectare enclosure. Although this monument underwent numerous later additions, the very essence of the temple can be largely attributed to the efforts of Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III. Their reign, marked by the emergence of Queen Hatshepsut as a second king alongside the legitimate one, left a wealth of architectural, iconographic, and textual evidence within Karnak’s sacred precinct. Following the queen’s passing, Thutmosis III assumed sole sovereignty, and took a keen interest in this temple dedicated to the god overseeing the rightful transmission of kingship—a choice that is easily understood in the light of the turbulent times he lived in. This presentation will focus on the latest advancements in the field regarding the monuments from the reigns of Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III at Karnak, which have been the subject of extensive research over the past decade, providing new insights into this very intriguing period.
Sébastien Biston-Moulin is the director of the Egyptology research center, ENiM (Egypt Nilotique et Méditerranéenne), jointly affiliated with Montpellier University and CNRS. His research primarily revolves around the historical investigations of the reigns of Queen Hatshepsut and Pharaoh Thutmosis III. Additionally, he delves into the chronology of the seventeenth dynasty's demise and conducts in-depth historical analyses of the construction of two significant temples: the Great Temple of Amun-Ra at Karnak and the Temple of Montu-Ra at Armant. For eight years, he was part of the permanent CNRS unit at Karnak. He has, and continues to do so as an associate member, spearheaded numerous epigraphic projects devoted to the study of monuments from the reigns of Queen Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III.
Introduction: Paolo Del Vesco, curator of Museo Egizio.
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