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Varia Coptica Thebaica.
The article discusses inscriptions from forty-five previously unpublished limestone and -terracotta ostraca housed at the French Institute in Cairo with their transcriptions and translations.
The author argues for a Theban origin dating to the VIIth and VIIIth centuries B.C. based on internal criteria such as dialect and subject matter. Acknowledging the monastic context for the inscriptions, the author classifies the themes as epistolary – in particular requests and accounts – and writing exercises derived from prayers, biblical fragments and as yet, undetermined texts.
- Florence Calament ( : 069737487)
La pintade, le soleil et l’éternité. À propos du signe [...] (G 21).
The sign G21, identified by L. Keimer as a reference to the Guineafowl, Numida meleagris L., has the phonetic reading nḥ, which is also the bird’s name, Nḥ. It is commonly used in the writing of the word for cyclical eternity, Nḥḥ.
Nḥ is mentioned in funerary texts, connected to sunrise.
The palaeography of the sign G21, the study of the bird’s behaviour, and a careful analysis of funerary texts throw a light on the link established by the Ancient Egyptians between the -Guineafowl, the sun and cyclical eternity.
- Nathalie Beaux ( : 077416015)
Sydney H. Aufrère
Imhotep et Djoser dans la région de la cataracte. De Memphis à Éléphantine.
This paper reconsiders the delicate problem of Djoser and Imhotep, two well known figures during the Ptolemaic period in the region of the first cataract. Why is Imhotep, a popular Memphite personnage since the Old Kingdom, worshipped in the Elephantine area, far from his original cult centre? Is it possible to improve our knowledge of the process by which the Egyptians instituted a cult of Imhotep there? Is this cult based on local historical events which would have made the introduction of this Memphite demigod into the Elephantine pantheon easier?
Partly based on the analysis of the delicate problem of the Famine stela, the present paper gathers together the pieces of a puzzle, from Memphis-Saqqara and Hermopolis to Elephantine. It demonstrates that the cult of Imhotep in Elephantine probably emanated from both Memphite and Hermopolite religious traditions. This paper shows how the establishment of his cult at -Elephantine was based on a comparison of Imhotep with Ptah and Khnum and their influence on the development of embryo. Moreover, it shows that the specific characteristics of Imhotep were particularly appreciated during the Late Period because he was considered (as a son of Ptah and Khnum) able to use his influence with both deities, to accelerate the flood process and protect pregnant women.
- Sydney H. Aufrère ( : 02831574X)
Bernard Mathieu (éd.)
Travaux de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale en 2002-2003
- Bernard Mathieu ( : 030609607)
Agrégé de lettres classiques, égyptologue, Bernard Mathieu est professeur à l’Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier 3 et ancien directeur de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale du Caire. Membre de la Mission archéologique franco-suisse de Saqqâra, Bernard Mathieu travaille principalement sur la langue et la littérature de l’Égypte pharaonique, de l’Ancien Empire à la fin du Nouvel Empire, ainsi que sur l’édition, la traduction et le commentaire des Textes des Pyramides. Sa thèse portait sur La poésie amoureuse de l’Égypte ancienne.
Notes sur la zone minière du Sud-Sinaï au Nouvel Empire.
This article describes the mining expeditions led to South-Sinai during the New Kingdom. Using the epigraphic material, it shall point out to the various sites that were selected and describe the expeditionary forces: their number, organisation, their leaders and the roads they followed.
- Pierre Tallet ( : 07926817X)
Ancien élève de l’École normale supérieure (Ulm), agrégé d’histoire et ancien adjoint aux publications de l’IFAO, Pierre Tallet est actuellement titulaire de la chaire d’égyptologie de la Sorbonne. Depuis 2001, dans le cadre d’un programme consacré aux expéditions minières égyptiennes en mer Rouge il a dirigé ou co-dirigé les missions archéologiques d’Ayn Soukhna et du ouadi el-Jarf – deux ports pharaoniques récemment identifiés sur la côte du golfe de Suez – et mené une prospection au sud de la péninsule du Sinaï.
L’étoffe [sia.t] et la régénération du défunt.
The use of fabric sjȝ.t within the framework of the Ritual of the Embalming largely exceeds its material function. It forms part of a vast network of bonds – that this article tries to restore – referring to other elements of creation: Ġax, rising, sun, moon, etc.
- Frédéric Servajean ( : 074002937)
La mise en place des pouvoirs divin et royal dans l’univers tentyrique ptolémaïque.
In spite of important damages on the south wall of the inner Hypostyle or room of appearence in Dendara, it was possible to determine that the four pictures, on the left side of the door form a coherent set. Through the power of the primeval god and god of creation Ptah-Tatenen, the universe of Tentyra gradually gets organised. The second and third pictures are in bad condition but we can guess that Montu is present and Thot, the god of learning, preserves the cosmic order he established. The top of the wall depicts the rising of the sun. The sungod Re-Horakhty appears and bestows integral kingship on Hathor. In her turn, the celestial goddess guarantees the investiture of the king who is charged with maintaining the cosmic order by specific rites.
- Marie-Louise Ryhiner ( : 064810364)
«Rame» ou «course»? Enquête lexicographique sur le terme [hepet].
The word ḥpt is most often translated by "oar" although the numerous entries in the Egyptian dictionaries show the embarrassment of the Egyptologists concerning its exact meaning. In the Old Kingdom ḥpt was only written with the phonogram , ḥp. It never referred to the part of a boat (oar, rudder...) nor to another object, and the nature of the object depicted by this sign still remains undetermined. Ḥpt is a verbal noun made from the verb root ḥp(ỉ), "to run, travel", and exclusively describes a travel, either fast or not, either by land or not. Consequently, depending on the context, ḥpt may be translated by "course, travel, journey". The related verbal expressions ỉṯỉ ḥpt and, later and more rarely, ỉrỉ and ỉnỉ ḥpt are to be understood in the same way: "to make a travel, to travel". However, in the later part of his reign, King Mentuhotep II of the Eleventh Dynasty introduced the oar-sign in place of the usual sign in the spelling of his throne name Nb-ḥpt-R.ʿ. Such a new spelling, based on ideological grounds, was certainly intended to emphasize the association of the king with the god Re aboard the solar bark in its daily course, in connexion with the ritual navigation for the god Amun-Re created in Thebes at that time. This writing of ḥpt with the oar-sign only became widespread from the Eighteenth Dynasty onwards. The oar-sign was then used either as determinative or as phonogram ḥp. This graphical change did not lead to semantic changes but aroused some ambiguity in the use of the word by the Egyptian themselves and in its understanding by modern scholars. Actually, the few examples in which ḥpt seems to mean "oar" (i.e. something like "the fast one") are rare and scattered through the Middle and New Kingdoms. Some of them, dating back to the Late New Kingdom, are of obscure meaning and their interpretation is still uncertain.
It appears that the basic meaning of ḥpt, often written as a plural ḥpwt and with various spellings, remained unchanged until the Greco-Roman era. We propose in conclusion to gather the eight entries allocated by the Wörterbuch der ägyptischen Sprache to a noun ḥpt under one single entry, with the general meaning "course, travel, journey". Secondary meanings like "oar" are definitely to be quoted as marginal and mostly doubtful ones.
- Lilian Postel ( : 056261152)
De Douch (oasis de Kharga) à Grand (Vosges). Un disque en verre peint à représentations astrologiques.
During the Ifao excavations on the site of Douch between 1976 and 1981, three glass fragments bearing a very original painted decoration were discovered. They are surely related to another fragment which was found by the naturalist Cailliaud in 1818 on the same site. If we put all together, they will offer us the possibility to reconstruct and identify the representation of the thirty six decans, in a ring of twelve panels of three alternating colours (dark blue, red and gold) with three decans by panels. The analysis of the different groups of Roman painted glass which are issued from Egyptian workshops leads to date this piece to the IIIrd – IVth century AD. Its best parallels are the tabula Bianchini kept in the Louvre Museum and the ivory tablets from Grand. They help us to identify the different decans and to assign them to their zodiacal signs. This curious object, cut in a cast colourless annular base plate, was probably kept in a wooden box which hid the traces of reuse and was employed to cast horoscopes.
- Marie-Dominique Nenna ( : 050060791)
Eine neue spätdemotische Abrechnungsliste aus Soknopaiu Nesos oder Umgebung.
The present late demotic document P. Vindob. D 6454, now in the Erzherzog Rainer Collection in Vienna and which was found at Soknopaiu Nesos (= Dime) or nearby goes back probably to the very early Roman period. The papyrus in discussion, hitherto published only in a few pieces under the late demotic documents, deals with a listed account for a temple or a state adminstration being concerned with financial dealings.
- Abd-el-Gawad Migahid