Of Sky, Land, Riverbanks, Islands, and Cities: Notes on the Creation of Spatial Dimension(s) in the Religious Hymns of the New Kingdom (c. 1539-1077 BCE)

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In the religious hymns of the New Kingdom (c. 1539-1077 BCE), Space partakes in the vast ontological array brought into existence by the Creator deity. The mentions to what could be globally labelled as ‘creation of space(s)’ therein range from the ontological structuring of the Cosmos, expressed namely via the allusion to the creation of sky and land (e.g., TT 194 (4), 2), to the establishment of administrative-territorial units, such as cities, villages, and districts (e.g., Great Hymn to Aten, 11; Leiden I 344 verso, II.2 ). The lexical and/or phraseological strategies to refer to such a cosmogonical deed in these texts are diverse and multifaceted. This paper will consider the place of Space in the religious hymns of the New Kingdom, revolving around the different manners these texts encompass space creation, while pondering their implications for the cosmogonical understanding(s) embodied in this corpus as a whole.
Period28 May 2022
Event title 24th Annual Mediterranean Studies Association International Congress, Lisbon, 25- 28 May 2022
Event typeConference
LocationLisboa, PortugalShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Ancient Egypt
  • Religious Hymns
  • Space and Place
  • New Kingdom
  • Creation
  • Creator