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Inscription of a First Charioteer of his Majesty at Horbeit

1 May the king show favour and give, and Amen-Re, king of the gods, and the king's ka of the Lord of the Two Lands, Usermaatre Setepenre, may they give: life, prosperity and good health, excellence, favour, being well liked, excellence of the mouth, to go to /// in order to become one revered, to the ka of the great praised one before the Good God, beloved of the Lord of the Two Lands, the first charioteer of his majesty of the [great] stable [Usermaatre Setepenre, beloved of Amen of ///].
 
2 May the king show favour and give, and Mut, Lady of the Heavens, and the king's ka of the Lord of Crowns, Ramses-meri-Amen; may they give: Food and nourishment, and to stay every day in front of your face, to the ka of the great praised one before the Lord of the Two Lands, the royal ambassador to every foreign land, the first charioteer of his majesty of the great stable [Usermaatre Setepenre, beloved of Amen of ///].
 
3 May the king show favour and give, and Khonsu, beautiful of grace and the king's ka of the Lord of the Two Lands, Usermaatre Setepenre, may they give: that my eyes be satiated with seeing your love incessantly every day, to the ka of the great praised one before the Good God, the first charioteer of his majesty of the great stable Usermaatre Setepenre, beloved of Amen of ///].
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-king's ka: the living king's ka is invoked similarly to the deities of the Theban triad.
-Usermaatre Setepenre: Ramses II (c.1304-1237). Ramses VII bore the same names.
-Good God: Pharaoh
-the first charioteer of his majesty: a post of vital importance, seeing that the pharaoh entrusted his life to this man. It appears to have been more important than being the king's ambassador.
-[great] stable: 19th dynasty pharaohs had great horse stables built in the eastern Delta. A stable housing more than 400 horses was uncovered at Per-Ramses. Horbeit was an important garrison town.
-Mut: Consort of Amen.
-Khonsu: Moon god. The third god of the Theban triad.

After Torgny Säve-Söderbergh, Einige ägyptische Denkmäler in Ägypten [1]
Uppsala 1945

 


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