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Amon

Amon ā´mən, ä´– [key], Ammon ă´mən [key], or Amen ä´mĕn [key], Egyptian deity. He was originally the chief god of Thebes he and his wife Mut and their son Khensu were the divine Theban triad of deities. Amon grew increasingly important in Egypt, and eventually he (identified as Amon Ra see Ra ) became the supreme deity. He was identified with the Greek Zeus (the Roman Jupiter). Amon's most celebrated shrine was at Siwa in the Libyan desert the oracle of Siwa later rivaled those of Delphi and Dodona. He is frequently represented as a ram or as a human with a ram's head.

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