During the New Kingdom, Ramesses II became known as the most prolific builder in Egyptian history with the complex of Abu Simbel his crowning ach...
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...he temple could have changed from the worship of a singular deity to Ramesses because the engravings are much deeper and recarved. Differences can also be seen at the Small Temple where there are four standing figures of Ramesses and two of Nefertari and not of Hathor herself. Furthermore, with the temple there are depictions of both Ramesses and his wife paying homage to Hathor who is depicted as a cow. This differs from all other temples, because as O’Conner writes, “only the pharaoh could be depicted as interacting with the deities.” I believe Ramesses did this because he wanted to venerate Nefertari and her importance to him and to do so he made her equal to himself and so godlike. Although, Abu Simbel shares many same forms of decoration as O’Conner depicts in his article, it is unique in that Ramesses and his wife Nefertari are depicted as being godlike.
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