Ancient Egypt: The Inscription of Ptahshepses
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False door of Ptahshepses
containing his biography.
The Inscription of Ptahshepses
|.... in the time of Menkaure; whom he educated among the king's children, in the palace of the king, in the privy chamber, in the royal harem; who was more honored before the king than any child; Ptahshepses.||
4th dynasty: Menkaure (Mykerinos) c. 2532-2514
Being brought up with the royal children in the kAp, the royal nursery, Ptahshepses received the best education available in Egypt.
|... in the time of Shepseskaf; whom he educated among the king's children, in the palace of the king, in the privy chamber, in the royal harem; who was more honored before the king than any youth; Ptahshepses ...... His majesty gave to him the king's eldest daughter, Matkha as his wife, for his majesty desired that she should be with him more than with anyone; Ptahshepses.||Shepseskaf c. 2514-2494|
|[Attached to Userkaf, high priest of Memphis,] more honored by the king than any servant. He descended into every ship of the court; he entered upon the ways of the southern palace at all the Feasts-of-the-Coronation; Ptahshepses.||seemingly Userkaf c. 2494-2487 (5th dynasty). The top of the inscription has been broken off. The names of the pharaohs in the following text are conjecture.|
|[Attached to Sahure, more honored by the king than] any servant; as privy councilor of every work, which his majesty desired to do; who pleased the heart of his lord every day; Ptahshepses.||Sahure c. 2487-2475|
[Attached to Neferirkere, more honored by the king than] any servant; when his majesty praised him for a thing, his majesty permitted that he should kiss his foot, and his majesty did not permit that he should kiss the ground; Ptahshepses.
[Attached to Neferefre, more honored by the king than] any servant; he descended into the sacred barge at all Feasts-of-the-Appearance; beloved of his lord; Ptahshepses.
... attached to the heart of his lord, beloved of his lord, revered of Ptah, doing that which the god desires of him, pleasing every artificer under the king; Ptahshepses.
James Henry Breasted Ancient Records of Egypt
Part I, §§ 256 to 262
Neferirkare c. 2475-2455
Neferefre: Raneferef c. 2448-2445
Niuserre c. 2445-2421
Towards the end of his life he had been appointed prophet of the Shepsu sun-temple.
He was older than 70 at death and was buried at Saqqara.
He should not be mistaken for the 5th dynasty vizier of the same name who served under Niuserre.
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