Canal March

Thebes: The City of a Hundred Doors

José Manuel Galán

The Egyptologist José Manuel Galán presents an introduction to ancient Egyptian society, in which he highlights the contribution of Nubian mercenaries, as well as emigrants from Syria and Palestine, reflecting on the concepts of ethnic groups, the city and its citizens. He stresses the importance of writing and accounting for the Egyptians, “the creators of Excel” as he remarks.
With regard to Thebes, he describes its architectural history and its importance as a religious centre. He emphasizes the role of Queen Hatshepsut, who contributed to the construction and connection (through processions) of funerary temples with those of the Gods, as well as the numerous doors of these temples, which led the Greeks referred to Thebes as “the city of a hundred doors".

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