5. There are Depictions of Emperor Caesar Augustus of Rome on the Temple of Dendur’s Walls

A side view of the Temple of Dendur where you can see the sloping granite platform meant to mimic the Egyptian hillside it once stood on.

The temple was built around 15 BCE in the Roman Period during the reign of Augustus Caesar. There are two scenes on one of the walls which depict a “pharaoh” or king who is actually Augustus wearing the traditional regalia of the pharaoh.

Tour guide Patrick Bringley points to architectural features of the Met in front of a group of tourgoers.

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At the time, as the ruler of Egypt, Augustus had many temples built in Egyptian style, honoring Egyptian deities. This particular temple honors the goddess Isis and Pedesi and Pihor, two deified sons of a local Nubian chieftain.