Popular and Profane Experiences with the Sublime: The Temple as a Social and Cultural Focus in Egypt

One?s first impression of an Egyptian temple is that it was the exclusive domain of the gods, the king, and the priests.  And yet temples were formally designated as ?places of supplication and hearing the petitions of gods and humans.?  The temple was not irrelevant to daily life; in fact, it was fully integrated into the life of the surrounding community.  This lecture examines human aspects of the Egyptian New Kingdom temple (1570-1070 BCE).  Because of the focus that the temple


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