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Deir el-Medina: temples of Het-Hert and Ma'at

View of temples at Deir el-Medina, within a Ptolemaic enclosure.

The Temple of Het-Hert lay within the walled enclosure in the center of the image, while the Temple of Ma'at was just outside the wall to the right. Het-Hert and Ma'at were deities worshipped in the necropolis at Deir el Medina. Others celebrated in the temples of this town of artisans were Imhotep, the 3rd Dynasty architect of Djoser; and Amenhotep son of Hapu. Both were deified in their lifetimes. The late temple in the enclosure dates from 220-145 BC, during the the reigns of Ptolemy IV Philopator, Ptolemy Philometor, and Ptolemy Neos Dionysos. The temple compound was later converted into a Coptic monastery, the source of the name Deir el-Medina (Convent of the Town).

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