Archeologists Discover Two Huge Sphinxes in Egyptian Ruins
The sphinxes measure 26 feet in length and represent King Amenhotep III, who reigned about 3,300 years ago.
Archeologists have discovered the remains of two huge sphinx statues, each measuring 26 feet in length, at the funerary temple of King Amenhotep III, a pharaoh who reigned about 3,300 years ago, according to a recent statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
A team led by Horig Sorosian found the sphinxes partially submerged in water at the funerary building, known as the “Temple of Millions of Years,” located within the vast ruins of Luxor, Egypt, which includes the ancient city of Thebes.
Amenhotep III’s temple is packed with artifacts and was once a resplendent feature of Luxor. However, it has been eroded by thousands of years of floods and at least one ancient earthquake. The discovery of the sphinxes is part of a decades-long effort to restore the temple and the Colossi of Memnon, which are two gigantic stone statues of Amenhotep III that mark the entrance to the funerary complex.
The sphinxes are also representations of Amenhotep III, who is shown adorned with a mongoose headdress, a royal beard, and a broad necklace, according to Mustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. During the cleaning and restoration process of the statues, Sorosian and her colleagues came across an inscription that reads “the beloved of the god Amun-Ra,” which is the royal name of Amenhotep III.
In addition to their striking scale, the sphinxes mark the location of a processional road used for festivals. The pharaoh’s long reign, which ran for over 30 years, is referenced in inscriptions on the wall of a hall within the complex that acknowledge Amenhotep III’s right to the throne and depicts celebrations, according to ARTNews.
Sorosian’s team also discovered three black granite busts of Sekhmet, a goddess of war who took the form of a lioness, which will be moved to their original place within the temple.
The sphinxes are just the latest of many discoveries from ongoing excavation and restoration efforts at Luxor, which have included a never-before-seen mud-caked mummy and the “lost golden city” of Aten.
By Becky Ferreira.
Spirals in ancient cultures (part 3). From left to the right, from top to bottom: Maya, Mexico - Sedona, Arizona - Maya, Mexico - Jomon, Japan - Hohokam, Tuscon, Arizona - Jomon, Japan - Viking, Oseberg, Norway - Etruscan, Italy - Viking, Oseberg, Norway
Karnak's great temple has been artistically reconstructed. Jean-Claude Golvin's.
The discovery of an ancient Statue of Antinous found in Delphi - 1894
Ancient Egypt - Deities
Anubis was the funerary god. He was tasked with holding the scales with which the heart was weighed. If the heart was lighter than a feather, the dead would be taken by Anubis to the god Osiris. If heavier, they would be destroyed.
Bast, or Bastet
Bast is usually shown with a feline head, as the cat was her sacred animal. She was a daughter of Ra and was a protective goddess of magic, sex, secrets, intoxication and fire. She was shown to carry a great sistrum, a large percussion instrument and was carried to Rome where she continued to have multiple cults.
Bes was a protector god who helped in childbirth and promoted fertility. He was a guardian against snakes and misfortune.
Geb, god of the earth, was an Egyptian fertility god who laid the egg from which the sun hatched. The goose was his sacred animal. His laughter was thought to cause earthquakes.Geb married his sister Nut, the sky goddess. The god Set(h) and Nephthys were their children.
Hathor was an Egyptian cow-goddess and personification of the Milky Way. She was the daughter of Ra.
Heka means magic, and Heka is the god of magic and medicine. He enables gods to perform their functions and allows human beings to commune with the gods. He is all-pervasive and all-encompassing. Heka enables a relationship between the people and their deities.
Horus was considered the son of Osiris and Isis. He was the pharaoh's protector and patron of young men.
Neit is depicted as a weapon-bearing war goddess, and also as another mortuary goddess connected with the woven bandage of the mummy.
Isis was the great Egyptian goddess, wife of Osiris, mother of Horus. She was worshipped all over Egypt and elsewhere. She was associated with life, the winds, the heavens, abundance, and magic, to name a few. She was shown as a beautiful woman wearing a sun disk.
Nephthys was the head of the house of the gods, and was the daughter of Seb and Nut, mother of Anubis by her husband Set. She is depicted with falcon wings. She was a death goddess, as well as being the goddess of women and the house.
Nut was the Egyptian sky goddess, depicted supporting the sky with her back, her body blue and covered with stars.
Osiris, god of the dead, was the son of Geb and Nut, husband of Isis and father of Horus. He is dressed like a pharaoh, carrying a crook and flail, with his lower body mummified. Osiris was an underworld god who, after being murdered by his brother, was brought back to life by his wife. Since he was killed, Osiris lives in the underworld where he judges the dead.
Re, or Ra, was the Egyptian sun god, ruler of everything.
Set was the Egyptian god of chaos, evil, war, storms, deserts and foreign lands, who killed and cut up his older brother Osiris.
Shu was an Egyptian air and sky god who sired Nut and Geb with his wife Tefnut. Shu is responsible for holding the sky separate from the earth.
A fertility goddess, Tefnut is also the Egyptian goddess of moisture and water.
Thorth is the God of the Moon, wisdom, writing, hieroglyphs, science, magic, art, and judgment. He used many of these to help protect humans.
Sekhmet or Sakhmet, Sekhet, Sakhet, or Scheme
Sekhmet is a Warrior goddess, a protector of pharaohs, who led them into war and victory. Upon her death, she continued to protect them, far into the afterlife.
2000-Year-Old Roman Gold Ring Found in UK
A metal detectorist from Cornwall is 'still getting shivers' after discovering ancient gold in his front garden.
Mike Burke, 54, from St Just, had only been metal detecting for a year since his wife Julie bought him a Garrett Ace Apex for Christmas after they watched the television series 'The Detectorists'.
He dug up his greatest treasure to date just before New Year, when he found what it believed to be a Roman intaglio ring, dating from around the 1st or 2nd century AD.
The retired US military police officer turned maths teacher has now passed on his discovery to the finds liaison officer from the Museum of Cornish Life.
Once confirmed, the unearthed ring could challenge our knowledge of Romans in Britain, where their influence was not thought to have reached West Cornwall.
This is Mr Burke's most important historical find and ironically one he had walked past on his garden path for years.
Mr Burke said: 'I don't normally have permission to go metal detecting in my front garden, because my wife's got a lot of flowers out there.
'But I decided since everything was dying back and we were getting ready to rake everything up - I was like, it's no problem, she won't mind me going in there.'
'Next month when she starts planting seeds again, I won't be able to do it again, so it was now or never.'
Mr Burke spent 20 years in the US Army as a military police officer, including seven years as a prison guard in military prisons, and now works as a GCSE Functional Skills lecturer in Maths at the local college in Penzance.
Since taking up metal detecting as a hobby, he has found it to be the perfect way to unwind.
'It helps me relax,' Mr Burke said. 'Even if I'm out with a group of 40 other people, I stick on the headphones, go walk around a field and I'm all by myself in peace and quiet except for the beeps and bops that are coming off the metal detector.'
His previous discoveries include a 2 pence coin from the '70s, a halfpenny from the decades before and tin teddy bear that may have been part of a baby's rattle.
After finding the suspected Roman intaglio ring, he lightly rinsed it off with water and posted pictures of it on a metal detecting Facebook group, asking if he 'had something'. The first response was 'That's treasure! You need to contact FLO.'
Any potentially historically significant finds by metal detectorists need to be reported to the local finds liasion officer, who notifies the county coroner. At this point, museums can purchase the treasure from the finder and landowner for their collection, or if it is not of interest to them, the treasure is returned to the finder.
For now, the theory is that the ring that came out of Mike's front garden flower bed is a Roman intaglio ring, made of gold and weighing 12.8 grams.
It depicts Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, grain, justice, peace and motherhood, engraved into a chalcedony gemstone.
Mr Burke added: 'Every day I look at this and I still get a shiver, you know, I just can't imagine that I found something like this.'
A carpet? No, a mosaic from Roman times found during the construction of the Antakya Museum Hotel, Turkey. It is the largest mosaic extension in the world with 1050 m2. The site was integrated into the hotel plans and the ground floor houses an open-air museum.
confession: sometimes I feel like dark academia is becoming more of a visual aesthetic rather than a mindset/state of mind. We tend to think of dark academia more when we see somebody looking preppy or in a vintage clothing than when we see a person pulling an allnighter in the library. I’m afraid a trend like this is going to make dark academia theme a shallow facade rather than an inspiring trend.
So here I give you a list of things in my life that I consider dark academic despite that most people wouldn’t cast me as one if they saw me on the street, I don’t look dark academic 90% of the time (especially during summer) but I still consider myself as such:
I don’t like coffee but I do drink black tea with milk or orange and cinnamon
I drink tea in a vintage shaped mug with Van Gogh’s painting on it
I have many plants I take care of in my room and I started a garden on my balcony (if you think it’s not dark academic you don’t know henry winter enough)
I read so many books. And they’re from wide range too: from philosophy and psychology to quantum mechanics and cosmology, from fiction to non fiction and classics
I play chess and solitaire
I don’t like classical music but I do like classical rock
I hate reading poetry for fun but I enjoy analyzing it (I used to do it all the time in high school)
I love having debates on politics and ethics
I’m interested in history of art (I was considering that a potential subject to major in) archeology, psychology (I’m currently majoring in psychology), philosophy, medicine (especially brain medicine and neurobiology/neuropsychology) and science
I’m fond of ancient cultures (Egypt, India, Greek and Roman), European Renaissance and the Viking era and I like reading about it
I enjoy dark academia theme in literature (The Secret History, The Raven Cycle)
I’m learning seven languages including Latin
I’m writing stories and fanfictions (maybe I’ll post some of them here)
I have many notebooks filled with scraps, flowers, quotes, thoughts and drawings
I’m interested in religions and beliefs from all the time and places, their history and mythologies
Necromanteion of Acheron
A temple built in respect to Hades and Persephone. In ancient Greece it was believed to be a pathway to the realm of the dead.
Celebrate the true significance and value of Bindi/Tilak in it's Vedic essence.
All the Indians (especially Hindus) all over the world are invited and requested to celebrate WORLD BINDI DAY on OCTOBER 7, 2021, on the first day of Navratri.
Why should one wear Bindi/Tilak
The Bindi/Tilak is worn between the eyebrows where the pineal gland lies. This is an important nerve center and applying sandalwood or ash keeps the nerves cool and so keeps one cool and conserves energy. In the past, the Bindi was made from the yellow and red sandalwood, red and yellow turmeric, saffron, various flowers, ash, zinc oxide. All these had cooling properties in nature.
The Ajna Chakra is considered to be the place of the “Third Eye” where one applies the Bindi. The Ajna Chakra is the site where one finally loses Ahamkara (ego or sense of individuality) when one achieves self-realization or reaches a higher level of spirituality. It is a way to remind one another in the society to see through the mind’s eye and see the bigger picture of the “Universe as One”.
How can I participate
1) Put Bindi on this auspicious day
2)Share your Bindi picture on social media platforms using hashtags #worldbindiday, #missionbindi, #bindipride
Let's claim our Bindi/Tilak back from white emo/goths! Bindi is an integral part of our culture, let's not allow people to appropriate it.
Spread the word Bandhus!
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by Georg Nickolaus
the inspiration behind enjorlas and grantaire were alexander the great and hephaestion. but dont forget about the blueprint - achilles and patroclus.