Discovery at Taposiris: Sphinx/Horon

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Discovery at Taposiris: Sphinx/Horon

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I've repeatedly posted my hypothesis that Philo's 'Therapeutae' were actually a heterodox (Sethian) Judaic cult that had assimilated a) Osirian features by proximity of their colony to the Taposiris site, or b) an entire caste or community of Osirian healers, converted at some stage of the Ptolemaic era. If this region was loyal to Cleopatra (and deemed disloyal to the central Egyptian authority, or the first Roman leaders), we can see why their Osirian cult would have been officially suppressed one or two generations before Philo Judaeus.

Over 1,000 years earlier, Semitic Horon-worship had been established in this vicinity in the Eastern Delta: Horon was also represented as a Sphinx. 'Horon protecting the Pharoah' is a symbol of those Semitic mercenaries guarding the frontiers loyal to the Egyptian authority: Horon was their god (=Herem, the god of the Heroon, etc.), rather than (later) Phoenician Melqart precisely. In Egypt, presumably since no late evidence remains, Horon was fully assimilated by the Seth-Baal Semites c.600-400 BC.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/an ... r-AA13I7l7
https://dominicantoday.com/dr/world/202 ... lexandria/

The 1,305-meter-long Greco-Roman tunnel was found by an Egyptian-Dominican archaeological mission from the University of Santo Domingo close to the Taposiris Magna Temple in the western Mediterranean city of Alexandria. The tunnel was carved into the rock and is two meters high and 13 meters underground, according to a statement released on Thursday by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. The team, led by archaeologist Kathleen Martinez, discovered the heads of two Ptolemaic-era statues made of alabaster close to the temple, one of which was likely a representation of the sphinx.

The tunnel is reportedly 0.811 miles long.

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