YELS March 2023 - Lecture 4

March 31, 2023 (2:30 - 4:30 pm ET)


Christian Leitz

(University of Tübingen)

Title: The temple of the lion-goddess Repit in Athribis


Athribis lies on the west bank of the Nile about 15 kilometres southwest of Sohag, today’s provincial capital. The most important building is the temple of Repit and Min. Construction on the temple began under Ptolemy XII and was completed in stages by subsequent Roman emperors of the 1st century AD. In 2003 the university of Tübingen launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Antiquities a large project to excavate, renovate and publish all the more than 1200 reliefs and inscriptions of the temple, an enterprise which has recently be finished. The temple itself is now open for visitors.

The lecture provides an overview about the unique decoration of the temple which is in fact the largest mammisi or birth-house conserved in Egypt. Among the highlights of the temple are the three Punt chambers with the reliefs of the myrrh trees or the 110 column-long hymn to the god Min with a parallel to the Min festival in the temple of Medinet Habu.

Daniela Mendel-Leitz

(University of Tübingen)

Title: The bull sarcophagi of Tell Abu-Yasin


In 1937 the Egyptian Antiquities Service undertook a survey in the area of Horbeit north of Zagazig in the province of Sharqiyeh. A preliminary report published only one year later in the Journal Annales du service des antiquités de l’Égypte 38 in 1938 made seven more or less fragmentary pieces of large bull sarcophagi known, which contain an extensive program of religious depictions and texts. The seven objects are four sarcophagi (JE 86717–86720) and three lids (JE 86721–86723), from which three sarcophagi and three lids make up a complete sarcophagus. One lid (JE 86723) was partly published in Egyptian Astronomical Texts III (Pl. 24), portraying two different star-clocks involving the Southern and Northern Constellations respectively. The two other complete sarcophagi originally depict close to 500 figures accompanied by small inscriptions telling the story of the regional cult of the sacred bulls once being buried in them

Location of the event:

320 York Street (Humanities Quadrangle building), 06511 New Haven (Room 133)

Coffee and snacks will be offered to the attendance.

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