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Abydos, Egypt

Abydos is one of the oldest cities of ancient Egypt, of the eighth nome in Upper Egypt. It is located about 11 kilometres west of the Nile at latitude 26° 10' N, near the modern Egyptian towns of el-'Araba el Madfuna and al-Balyana. In the ancient Egyptian language, the city was called Abdju; the English name Abydos comes from the Greek Ἄβυδος, a name borrowed by Greek geographers from the unrelated city of Abydos on the Hellespont. Considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt, the sacred city of Abydos was the site of many ancient temples, including Umm el-Qa'ab, a royal necropolis where early pharaohs were entombed; these tombs began to be seen as significant burials and in times it became desirable to be buried in the area, leading to the growth of the town's importance as a cult site. Today, Abydos is notable for the memorial temple of Seti I, which contains an inscription from the nineteenth dynasty known to the modern world as the Abydos King List, it is a chronological list showing cartouches of most dynastic pharaohs of Egypt from Menes until Seti I's father, Ramesses I.

The Great Temple and most of the ancient town are buried under the modern buildings to the north of the Seti temple. Many of the original structures and the artifacts within them lost. Abydos was occupied by the rulers of the Predynastic period, whose town and tombs have been found there; the temple and town continued to be rebuilt at intervals down to the times of the Thirtieth Dynasty, the cemetery was in continuous use. The pharaohs of the First Dynasty were buried in Abydos, including Narmer, regarded as the founder of the First Dynasty, his successor, Aha, it was in this time period. Some pharaohs of the Second Dynasty were buried in Abydos; the temple was enlarged by these pharaohs as well. Funerary enclosures, misinterpreted in modern times as great'forts', were built on the desert behind the town by three kings of the Second Dynasty. From the Fifth Dynasty, the deity Khentiamentiu, foremost of the Westerners, came to be seen as a manifestation of the dead pharaoh in the underworld. Pepi I constructed a funerary chapel which evolved over the years into the Great Temple of Osiris, the ruins of which still exist within the town enclosure.

Abydos became the centre of the worship of the Osiris cult. During the First Intermediate Period, the principal deity of the area, began to be seen as an aspect of Osiris, the deities merged and came to be regarded as one. Khentiamentiu's name became an epithet of Osiris. King Mentuhotep II was the first to build a royal chapel. In the Twelfth Dynasty a gigantic tomb was cut into the rock by Senusret III. Associated with this tomb was a cenotaph, a cult temple and a small town known as "Wah-Sut", used by the workers for these structures. Next to the cenotaph at least two kings of the Thirteenth Dynasty were buried as well as some rulers of the Second Intermediate Period, such as Senebkay. An indigenous line of kings, the Abydos Dynasty, may have ruled the region from Abydos at the time. New construction during the Eighteenth Dynasty began with a large chapel of Ahmose I; the Pyramid of Ahmose I was constructed at Abydos—the only pyramid in the area. Thutmose III built a far larger temple, about 130 ft × 200 ft.

He made a processional way leading past the side of the temple to the cemetery beyond, featuring a great gateway of granite. Seti I, during the Nineteenth Dynasty, founded a temple to the south of the town in honor of the ancestral pharaohs of the early dynasties. Merneptah added the Osireion, just to the north of the temple of Seti. Ahmose II in the Twenty-sixth Dynasty rebuilt the temple again, placed in it a large monolith shrine of red granite, finely wrought; the foundations of the successive temples were comprised within 18 ft. depth of the ruins discovered in modern times. The last building added. From the Ptolemaic times of the Greek occupancy of Egypt, that began three hundred years before the Roman occupancy that followed, the structures began to decay and no works are known. From earliest times, Abydos was a cult centre, first of the local deity and from the end of the Old Kingdom, the rising cult of Osiris. A tradition developed that the Early Dynastic cemetery was the burial place of Osiris and the tomb of Djer was reinterpreted as that of Osiris.

Decorations in tombs throughout Egypt, such as the one displayed to the right, record journeys to and from Abydos as important pilgrimages made by individuals who were proud to have been able to make the vital trip. From the First Dynasty to the Twenty-sixth Dynasty, nine or ten temples were successively built on one site at Abydos; the first was about 30 ft × 50 ft, enclosed by a thin wall of unbaked bricks. Incorporating one wall of this first structure, the second temple of about 40 ft square was built with walls about 10 ft thick. An outer temenos wall surrounded the grounds; this outer wall was made wider some time around the Third Dynasty. The old temple vanished in the Fourth Dynasty, a smaller building was erected behind it, enclosin

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