The son of Osiris
and Isis, Horus was a god of the sky and is usually
depicted as a falcon, or a man with a falcon's head
wearing the crown of all Egypt.
Horus's name means 'He Who is Above' and is probably
linked to his status as a god of the sky and to the
high soaring of the falcon.
He is probably most well-known as the protector of
the ruler of Egypt.
After Osiris was murdered by his brother Seth, Horus
fought with Seth for the throne of Egypt.
In this battle, Horus lost one of his eyes. The eye
was restored to him and it became a symbol of protection
for the ancient Egyptians. After this battle, Horus
was chosen to be the ruler of the world of the living.
He is most associated with the temple at Edfu (ancient
Mesen), where he was worshipped with his consort Hathor
and their child Harsomtus.