Hathor’s divine position in ancient Egyptian religion
Hathor’s dedicated Temples
Temple of Hathor in Dendera
Just as visitors come into the Dendera temple complex, they notice that you are looking onto the impressive Temple of goddess Hathor. It is the dominant building in this complex and one of Egypt’s best-preserved temples.
History of the Temple of Hathor
The temple is a wondrous marvel to explore! The Ptolemies modified it on the same site dating back to the Middle Kingdom. This process continued right up until the time of the Roman emperor Trajan.
Ptolemies essentially contracted the existing Temple of Hathor during the Late Ptolemaic period. Specifically, Ptolemy XII and Cleopatra VII widely contributed to the construction during their reign. Later, the Romans made more additions to this building. Although the Ptolemies built this temple, its design follows the pattern of other classical Egyptian temples. So far, the only exception is the front design of the hypostyle. According to an inscription above the entrance of this front, Emperor Tiberius constructed it during his reign.