Hermonthis


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Hermonthis

(hərmŏn`thĭs), ancient city, N Egypt, 8 mi (13 km) S of Thebes. It was founded in prehistoric times and was prominent during the period of Roman supremacy. Originally the shrine of Month, a hawk-headed deity, Hermonthis has a temple built c.1500 B.C. and reconstructed by the Ptolemies. Modern Armant or Erment is on the site.
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The "fragments" of the Egyptian god recall princess Hermonthis's mummified foot in Gautier's short story "Le Pied de Momie" ("The Mummy's Foot") (1840): the fetishized foot, the fragment, becomes the portal through which the narrator's fantasy is realized with the conjuration of the tantalizing princess and the recreation of an Egyptian spectacle inside his quarters.