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Ancient Egypt: Stelae of Ramses I and Seti I at Buhen
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Stelae of Ramses I and Seti I at Buhen

Ramses Stela at Buhen Seti I erected this stela in honour of his father, Ramses I, in the fore court of an Isis temple in Buhen, Nubia, south of Abu Simbel similar in tenor to his own set up in the same place and dated year 1 of his own reign. These two records tell of the establishment at Buhen (Wadi Halfa) of a temple and offerings to Min-Amun, of the the appointment of prophets, lector-priests, and ordinary priests, and gifts of male and female slaves.
 

The Wadi Halfa Stela of Ramses I

    Year 2, second month of the second season, twentieth day. Live the Horus: Mighty Bull, Flourishing in Kingship; Favorite of the Two goddesses: Shining as King, like //// [Golden Horus]: ///////// in the Two Lands; King of Upper and Lower Egypt; Menpehtire; Son of Re: Ramses (I), beloved of Amon, lord of Thebes and Min-si-ese, appearing upon the Horus-throne of the living, like his father, Re, every day.
    Lo, his majesty was in the city [of Memphis, performing the cerem]onies of his father, Amon-Re, Ptah-South-of-His-Wall, lord of Life-of-the-Two-Lands, and all the gods of Egypt, according as they gave to him [might and victory over all lands], united with one heart in praising thy ka. All lands, all countries, the Nine Bows are overthrown ////////////. His majesty, the King of Upper and Lower Egypt commanded to establish divine offerings for his father Min-Amon residing in B[ohen, his first of] his [establishment] in his temple: 12 (pr.t-s) loaves; [100 (bjA.t) loaves; 4 (ds) jars of beer; 10 bundles of vegetables.
    Likewise [this temple was filled with prophets, ritual priests] and priests (wab); his storehouse was filled with male and female slaves of the captivity of his majesty, the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Menpehtire (Ramses I), [given life, like Re forever and ever.]
    His majesty was ////// watchful, he was not slothful in seeking exce[llent things to do them for his father] Min-Amon, residing in Bohen, making for him a temple like the horizon of heaven, where Re rises.
James Henry Breasted Ancient Records of Egypt Part Three, §§ 76 ff.

The Wadi Halfa Stela of Seti I

    Year 1, fourth month of the third season, the last day. Live Seti I //////////// given life, beloved of Amon, lord of Thebes, and Min-si-ese, appearing upon the Horus throne of the living, like his father, Re, every day.
    Lo, his majesty was i[n the c]ity of Memphis, performing the ceremonies of his father, Harakhte, Ptah, the great, South-of-His-Wall, lord of Life-of-the-Two-Lands, Atum, lord of the Two Lands of Heliopolis and all [the gods] of Egypt, according as they gave [to him] might and victory over all lands, united with one heart under thy sandals. [/// /// ///] [His majesty commanded] to found [divine offerings for his father Min-] Amon residing in Bohen, his first foundation in his temple: 12 (pr.t-s) loaves; [100 (bjA.t) loaves; 4 (ds) jars of beer; 10 bundles of vegetables.]
    [Likewis]e this temple was filled with prophets, ritual priests (wab); his storehouse was filled with male and female slaves from the captivity of his majesty, L.P.H., [the King of Upper and Lower Egypt] Menmare (Seti I), given life, like Re forever and ever.
    Lo, his majesty sought excellent things to do them for his father Min-A[mon] residing in Bohen; he made a great, august stela of good sandstone for the /// place ///////// of [his father], Amon, for the beautiful birth-house of the ennead, where appears the lord of gods, the King of Upper and Lower Egypt ////////////.
James Henry Breasted Ancient Records of Egypt Part Three, §§ 158 ff.

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