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An Egyptian god in the form of a falcon, recognized in Hierakonpolis and Edfu as contemporary with and opponent of Seth. The falcon's eyes stood for the sun and the moon. He later was considered the son of Isis and Osiris, with the reigning pharaoh being his incarnation. Horus is one of the oldest gods of Egypt, attested from at least as early as the beginning of the Dynastic period (c 2775 BC). He could also be a falcon-headed human in form. Horus appeared as a local god in many places and under different names and epithets: for instance, as Harmakhis (Har-em-akhet, Horus in the Horizon"); Harpocrates (Har-pe-khrad "Horus the Child"); Harsiesis (Har-si-Ese "Horus Son of Isis"); Harakhte ("Horus of the Horizon closely associated with the sun god Re); and, at Kawm Umbu (Kom Ombo), as Haroeris (Harwer, Horus the Elder"). Horus was later identified by the Greeks with Apollo."