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« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2007, 06:47:15 am »








T H E   R E L I G I O U S   B A C K G R O U N D



THE ROYAL 'SED' FESTIVAL                                                                        continued



ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND BEST PRESERVED 'SED' ECLOSURES - IN FRONT OF THE STEP PYRAMID



Amenophis III, though, affords us the most abundant attestation of an actual
sed-festival in the thirtiesth regnal year, for many dated inscriptions are pre-
served on vessels from his palace at el-Malqata, on the west bank of Thebes.

These were part of the deliveries of supplies for the king's sed-festival and its
repetitions.

Akhenaten, who ruled less than thirty years and evidently celebrated his festi-
val shortly after the beginning of his reign, is one of the few exceptions to the
usual rule; this unusual celebration might have been connected with the theo-
cracy of the Aten.  In any case, this does not seem to have been a fictitious
festival.
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