The Persian presence at Qasr el-Ghuieta, Egypt

I found this paper on the Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies website whilst looking for something else entirely, in case it is of interest to visitors:

The Persian presence at Qasr el-Ghuieta, Egypt
By Eugene Cruz-Uribe
Northern Arizona University

The author puts the temple into its general historical context.  Looking at dating the temple he is able to present a convincing argument that it was built as part of the Darius I presence in Kharga Oasis, using earlier Saite centres to develop trade routes.   Based on comparison with Hibis he suggests that the earliest parts of the temple date to the Saite period.  The Temple of Hibis in Kharga is often described as the only Persian temple in the oases, so this potentially adds a new dimension to discussions about the Persian presence.

The temple is clearly described and the article is accompanied by photographs.


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