Egypt Announces Find of Ancient Cat Goddess Temple

HAMZA HENDAWI writes in the AP via Yahoo News:

CAIRO — Archaeologists have unearthed a 2,000-year-old temple that may have been dedicated to the ancient Egyptian cat goddess, Bastet, the Supreme Council of Antiquities said Tuesday. The ruins of the Ptolemaic-era temple were discovered by Egyptian archaeologists in the heart of the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C.

Cat Goddess Ancient Egypt

The city was the seat of the Greek-speaking Ptolemaic Dynasty, which ruled over Egypt for 300 years until the suicide of Queen Cleopatra. The statement said the temple was thought to belong to Queen Berenice, wife of King Ptolemy III who ruled Egypt in the 3rd century B.C.

Mohammed Abdel-Maqsood, the Egyptian archaeologist who led the excavation team, said the discovery may be the first trace of the long-sought location of Alexandria’s royal quarter. The large number of statues depicting Bastet found in the ruins, he said, suggested that this may be the first Ptolemaic-era temple dedicated to the cat goddess to be discovered in Alexandria.

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  • MamaVoodoo

    AWESOME!!!!And Beautiful…cant wait to see more!

  • GoodDoktorBad

    My cat Mario posed for that statue in his previous life, then he ripped the sculptors throat out and laid it at my feet, purring sweetly. Now THATS LOVE…..

  • Dan Mac

    They must have been plagued with some nasty rodents to turn to cat worship

  • Dan Mac

    They must have been plagued with some nasty rodents to turn to cat worship

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TK2O6O3T7USB47OOIR76L5RXYU Prateek Panchal

    Well this would be a great news for egypt!!!!

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