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'Coppens, F, 2018: Heh(u) ("Infinity") A PERSONIFICATION OF AN ASPECT OF THE NILE INUNDATION IN THE TEMPLES OF DENDARA AND EDFU. Anthropologie (Brno) 56, 3: 173-184'.
The article takes a closer look at a specific feature of the Nile, and more in particular an aspect of its life bringing inundation known to the ancient Egyptians priests as Hehu ("infinity"). This facet of the inundation occurs over a dozen times among the gifts brought by offering bearers in hydrological processions on the soubassement in the Horus temple of Edfu, the Hathor temple of Dendara and the small Isis temple of Dendara between the reigns of Ptolemaios IV Philopator (221–204 BC) and Emperor Nero (54–68 AD). The study of the inscriptions accompanying this specific personification of the Nile inundation indicates the existence of patterns in the distribution of these texts not only within a single temple (e.g. from one chapel to the next), but also between temples over time and space. Many of the inscriptions also show the use of stylistic literary devices, such as alliteration or paronomasia.
Nile inundation – Hydrological procession – Dendara – Edfu – Ptolemaic and Roman era

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