Der Tempel als Kanon der religiösen Literatur Ägyptens


The aim of the research project led by Prof. Dr. Christian Leitz, Institute for the Cultures of the Ancient Orient (IANES), Department of Egyptology, is to develop the content of the so-called temple texts, which represent the largest text corpus of Ancient Egypt considering all temporal and geographical differences. The unique feature of this corpus is, apart from the extent and the often excellent conservation stock, that almost all inscriptions and representations are still in their original place. Even though most of these buildings from Greek-Roman times are no longer preserved, more than 10,000 pages of hieroglyphic text from these temples, which some people call libraries of stone, have already been published. To an unprecedented extent, the temples have been provided with inscriptions that offer a wide variety of information on cult and celebration events, religious topography, myths and groups of gods, architectural history and spatial functions.

The project of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences at the University of Tübingen has set itself three major goals: 1. A classification, i. e. an analysis of form, motif, structure, and content of the extremely diverse text material. 2. The analysis of the texts, taking into account their location and anchoring within the tradition of Egypt's religious literature. 3. An overall interpretation of the texts dealing with the way in which the religious traditions of Egypt were codified in the temples of the Greek-Roman period.


  • Prof. Dr. Christian Leitz (Project Leader)
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