Sunday, April 05, 2009

Moonlight at the The Temple of Luxor

The night sightseeing was amazing needless to say.
The moon has a special meaning to me while I am far
from my Sweetie…he will understand. ;)
Today just pictures and Links to the History of this temple. Temple of Luxor
The Egyptians oppressed under the Persian rule, welcomed Alexander the Great with open arms when he entered the country in 332 B.C. While there he visited the Oracle of Amon, at Siwa, where he was declared "the son of Amon." Exactly how this happened is unclear. One story is that either upon entering or exiting the temple he was greeted by the priest as "my son." Alexander's army and followers were not in a strategic position to see the priest and thought the words came from the god himself. However it happened, from that point on Alexander was instated as a son of god, like the pharaohs of old. Alexander initiated the building of Alexandria, but never lived to see the city. He left Egypt in 331 B.C. and left Cleomenes of Naukratis in charge of the territory. This position was later claimed by Ptolemy. When Alexander died, Ptolemy's generals divided the kingdom.

1 comment:

Lilli & Nevada said...

It just amazes me how these people built these temples and there statues.Fabulous coloring from your camera. I also love how you captured the moon. Ok so i know there has to be a good story behind that moon shot