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"The Priesthood of Hathor at Deir el-Medina," in Carol A. Redmount and Deanna Kiser-Go's Wesertkau "Mighty of Kas": Papers Submitted in Memory of Cathleen A. Keller, U.C. Berkeley Publications in Egyptian Archeology, Atlanta: Lockwood Press. In press.

"On the Heels of the Wandering Goddess: The Myth and the Festival at the Temples of the Wadi el-Hallel and Dendera," in Monika Dolinska and Horst Beinlich's 8. Ägyptologische Tempeltagung: Beziehungen zwischen Tempeln, Königtum, Staat und Gesellschaft Früher Hochkulturen 3,3. Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz Verlag, 2010, 155-186, pdf.

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The Theology of Hathor of Dendera: Aural and Visual Scribal Techniques in the Per-wer Sanctuary, Wilbur Studies in Egyptology and Assyriology 4, Providence, RI: Brown University, 2016. Available from ISD (Ian Stevens Distribution)


The Ptolemaic period witnessed an enormous increase in the number of hieroglyphic signs and iconographic elements (composite crowns, scepters, and cult objects). The ancient scribes exploited this complexity when composing the reliefs used in temple decoration, selecting particular words, hieroglyphic signs, and iconographic elements in order to create interconnected multiple layers of meaning, forming a tapestry of sound and sight. The Theology of Hathor of Dendera examines these techniques on both micro- and macro-levels, from their smallest details to their broadest thematic connections, foregrounding individual techniques to determine the words and phrases singled out for emphasis. By synthesizing their use in the three-dimensional space of the most important cult chamber in the Temple of Hathor at Dendera, this new method of analysis not only reveals the most essential characteristics of the local theology, but also shows how the ancient scribes envisioned the universe and the place of humankind within it.

REVIEW: "Barbara A. Richter hat eine substantielle Studie vorgelegt, welche die Erforschung der Inschriften des Tempels von Dendera einen grossen Schritt voranbringt. Insbesondere in Bezug auf die Untersuchung von Methoden der Textkomposition sowie die Veranshaulichung von Querverbindungen innerhalb der Dekoration eines Raumes hat das Buch wegweisenden Charakter für künftige Studien dieser Art."--Dr. Alexa Rickert, Orientalistiche Literaturzeitung 113/4-5 (2018), 326. (TRANSLATION)