Moses acquiesces and sets off for Koptos. The Book of Thoth, it turns out, is not a book at all, but the female god Isis, Osiris's wife of old.
Finally, like Hurston's, Reed's Moses travels up the Nile to Koptos to battle a "deathless snake" (178) guarding the Book of Thoth, the ultimate source of Moses's power, confirming both authors' interest in extracanonical versions of the Exodus legend.
E.: <<From Berenike to Koptos
: recent results of the desert route survey>>.
.Sein Besitzer Hr war "Gotlesvater und Prophet des Amun-Re (einmal auch: Prophet des Amun-em-ipet), Konigs der Cotter, Prophet des Min, des Horus (oder: des Min-Horus'.') und der Isis von Koptos
A pair of hand-printed Shantung silk banners permanently installed in the museum's Egyptian Galleries, Spero's Koptos Gateway Banners (2003; Fig.
This article traces the origin of recurring goddess images in the artist's trans-historical iconography, her "cast of characters," which reappear in her Koptos Gateway Banners as gestural and figural mutations interacting within the museum's framework.
Nut became a powerful figure for Spero, and she is depicted repeatedly on the Koptos Gateway Banners, as Isis's mother, creator of the world and mother of all gods, protector of the dead, and vehicle of resurrection.
I mean to read it." "The cry of it is that it is in the middle of the river at Koptos
, in an iron box; in the iron box is a bronze box; in the bronze box is a sycamore box; in the sycamore box is an ivory and ebony box and in the ebony box is a silver box; in the silver box is a golden box and in that is the book.
I Epoque ptolomaique, 1969; Le Delta egiptien d'apres les texts grecs, 2 vols., 1970; De Koptos
a Kosseir, 1972; Le Panenion d'El-Kanais: les inscription grecques, 1972; Les Portes du desert (Recueil des inscriptions grecques d' Antinoupolis, Tentyris, Koptos
, Apollonopolis Parva, Apollonopolis Magna), 1984; Sorciers grecques, 1991; La prose sur pierre dans l'Egipte hellenistique et romaine, 2 vols.
Harold Bayley writes: "In Egypt Pan was known as Min, and three gigantic limestone figures of Min have been found at the town of Koptos
, the chief seat of his worship.
Upon visiting the temple of Osiris and Isis in Koptos
, Moses actually does gain access to the Text, or a version of it, and leaves feeling that he has "gotten it all down.
The site is on the trans-desert route that linked Qift (ancient Koptos
) on the Nile to Quseir/Quseir al-Qadim (ancient Leukos Limen/Myos Hormos?) on the Red Sea Coast.