Ptolemy II temple dedicated to the goddess Isis found – Al-Tahrir News Network


A temple dating back to Ptolemy II (Philadelphus) 284-246 BC has been discovered in Beni Suef (115 km south of Cairo).  The Ptolemaic limestone temple was excavated by Egyptian archaeologists at the Gebel El-Nour site, on the east bank of the Nile in the Beni Suef governorate.

(photo: Luxor Times Magazine)

This is the first temple of Ptolemy II to be found in Beni Suef, and will help Egyptologists learn more about this ruler who was the second king of the Ptolemaic dynasty.  He extended his power by skilful diplomacy, developed agriculture and commerce, and made Alexandria a leading centre of the arts and sciences. 

(photo: Luxor Times Magazine)

The Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim who visited the site on Monday said that an initial look at the temple shows that it was probably dedicated to the goddess Isis. He also stressed that further excavations will have to be carried out to reveal more elements of the temple.

The Egyptian team reached the second part of the temple which contains a few rooms, as well as pottery and blocks bearing the name of Ptolemy II.

Dr Mansour Boraik, director of the central administration of Middle Egypt antiquities, said that that exterior of the eastern side of the temple shows King Ptolemy II with the Nile god Hapi behind him.

(photo: Luxor Times Magazine)

Source:  Luxor Times magazine