Tom Van Eynde: Thebes Photographic Project
The Temples of Philae, Agilkia Island. Now located on the lake between
the Aswan Low and High Dams, the temples and shrines of the island of Philae
(4th century B.C.-6th century A.D.) were dismantled and re-erected on the
nearby island of Agilkia as part of the Nubian Salvage campaign. This
photograph of the complex is from the south (the isle of Biga). Clearly
apparent are: the kiosk of Nectanebo I, front-left (c. 380 B.C.), the temple
of Isis, center-left (c. 285 - 51 B.C.), and the kiosk of Trajan, center-right
(c. A.D. 98). The temple-complex functioned as the last bastion of the ancient
pharaonic religion in Egypt, until closed by Emperor Justinian in A.D. 551.
The temple of Isis was later transformed into a Christian church. Spreading
across the distant left is the old Aswan Low Dam. (Caption - Peter Piccione)
All the photographs were made with a Fujica G617 Panorama Camera. The film is TriX. The prints are made on llford Mulitgrade Fiber base paper, toned with Kodak Rapid Selenium toner. The original prints are 7"x22" on 10"x24" paper.
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