There are many buildings attached to it, larger than most temples; and infinite number of gates and obelisks, and colossi; but the imagination cannot refrain from calling up some sacred or heroic procession, moving from Luxor to Karnak, in melodious pomp, through the great avenue of sphinxes, and ranging themselves in groups around the gigantic columns of this sublime structure.
This empty fame, however, is the only return that ever recompensed the toils of Euergetes among the fierce barbarians of the south. Euergetes, as part of his general policy of conciliating the Egyptians, enlarged the great temple at Thebes, which is now called the temple of Karnak, on the walls of which we see him handing an offering to his father and mother, the brother-gods.
Our men had driven them back from the top of the hill, at the foot of which was the tribe of Karnak. The cohort, thus taken between two enemies, was destroyed. Slaughter was beginning to tire Mikael's arm and my own when I noticed a Roman warrior of medium height, whose magnificent armor announced his lofty rank. He was on foot, and had lost his helmet in the fight.
On the side of the Red Sea are Luxor and Karnak, on the opposite bank the great temple called the Memnonion, and the various piles which, under the general title of Medoenet Habu, in all probability among other structures comprise the principal palace of the more ancient Pharaohs.
Those were something stranger, more wonderful, and more splendid, even than Abou-Simbel and Karnak, Many an evening, while the firelight from a Southern pine knot danced on my page, I was gone on the wings of fancy thousands of miles away; and went with discoverers or explorers, up and down the passages and halls and staircases and chambers, to which the entrance is from Biban el Malook.
Salt, placed upon a white stone pedestal in an angle of the wall of the great temple, and showing on each of its sides representations of Thothmes III. of the 18th dynasty, holding the hands of deities, said by some to be the moat curious specimen of Egyptian bas-relief in the Museum; a fractured colossus in black granite, from Thebes, supposed to be part of a statue of Amenophis III.; the colossal head discovered at Karnak by Belzoni in 1818, supposed to represent the features of Thothmes III.; the head and upper part of a statue of Sesostris, known as the Young Memnon.
Not but that the Egyptians sometimes cut boldly into the stone. At Medinet Habû and Karnak on the higher parts of these temples, where the work is in granite or sandstone, and exposed to full daylight the bas-relief decoration projects full 6-3/8 inches above the surface.
Then he looked up and saw a most modern figure in white across the table, nibbling a cress sandwich, and laughing at some jest of the Englishman's.... With a start he realized that Lady Claire was waiting for an answer. "I beg your pardon. You asked ?" "If you had seen the temple in moonlight, Mr. Hill." "Not Karnak only Luxor night before last." "Only Luxor!" The girl beside him laughed.
Little is known about her otherwise, and she disappears in the later theology. +Khonsu+ is a youthful god combined in the Theban system as the son of Amon and Mut. He is closely parallel to Thōth as being a god of time, as a moon god, and of science, 'the executor of plans. A large temple was dedicated to him at Karnak, but otherwise he was not of religious importance.
Hereabouts also are a remarkable monument found in the ruins of Karnak under the superintendence of Mr.