Origin of HathorClassical Greek Hath?r from Egyptian ?et-?ert, literally , the house above
Egypt. Myth. the goddess of love, mirth, and joy, usually represented as having the head or ears of a cow
An ancient Egyptian goddess of fertility, motherhood, and music, often depicted as a woman with the head or horns of a cow.
Origin of HathorEgyptian hwt-hr Hathor (literally, enclosure of Horus) hwt enclosure hr Horus
detail of a mural painting
from the Tomb of
Valley of the Queens
From Egyptian ḥwt-ḥr
- The god of Atha was a form of Horus (Apollo) as the sun-god; his most characteristic representation is as the disk of the sun with outspread wings, so often seen over the doors of shrines, at the top of stelae, &c. In the temple, where he is often figured as a falconheaded man, he is associated with Hathor of Dendera and the child Harsemteus.
- Hathor, his mother, is persecuted by Typhon and escapes to a floating island with the bones of Horus, who revives and slays the dragon.'
- Here was the ancienfcity'of Tentyra, capital of the Tentyrite nome, the sixth of Upper Egypt, and the principal seat of the worship of Hathor [[[Aphrodite]]] the cow-goddess of love and joy.
- The temple of Hathor was built in the 1st century B.C., being begun under the later Ptolemies (Ptol.
- In width, and comprising about onethird of the whole structure; the facade has six columns with heads of Hathor, and the ceiling is supported by eighteen great columns.