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The Name of Nero in Dendara temple

In the early years of Nero's reign he is guided by wise counselors, particularly his old tutor Seneca. But soon he feels free to follow his own inclinations. Within a few years his riotous personal behavior is deeply offending the Romans, who are also unimpressed by his insistence on performing in public - as charioteer, lute-player, poet and actor.

The murder in AD 55 of his young stepbrother Britannicus is hardly surprising in the context of the time; the boy is inevitably a threat as the son of the previous emperor. More unusual are the deaths of Nero's mother and wife.

In 58 Nero falls passionately in love with a married woman, Poppaea, the wife ofOtho. Agrippina criticizes her son's liaison and is murdered in 59. Octavia, as his wife, is an unfortunate impediment; Nero divorces her, on a false charge of adultery, and then has her killed. He marries Poppaea in 62.

Nero becomes so unpopular that many believe he started the greatFire of Romein 64, so as to give himself the…

Book of the Earth

It is the seventh scene of the book of the earth, the name is "he who hides the hours". a usual decoration of tombs, starting in the 20th dynasty. The 12 goddesses on both sides represent the hours. The small figure in front of his legs is a god named "the bloody". The dark frame around this scene is a snake. The hieroglyphic text belonging to this scene is "That it is, what this God is like, The big snake, the striped snake is around him

The last hieroglyphic inscriptions, written in 394 CE

Worship was continued on the island of Philae into the 6th century CE, and both the last hieroglyphic inscriptions, written in 394 CE, and the last demotic inscriptions, from 452 CE, are also found there. One reason that Philae was able to continue the ancient Egyptian religion well into the Christian Era of Egyptian history was due to its location far into Upper Egypt near the southern border, where it became a haven for the faithful.

The ancient Egyptians loved Cats

When ‘ta-mit’,  beloved cat died, he had her buried in this stone coffin, featuring a picture of his pet before an offering table of food and flowers.

Thutmose fully expected to meet his cat again in the Afterlife and various gods are called on to protect her.