back

Ancient Egyptian Texts:  8.16


THE  KINGSTON LACY OBELISK


Provenance:   Philae , Upper Egypt
Date:   c. 124-116 B.C.
Language:   Hieroglyphic
Translated by:   R. Mairs & A. Bowman
Format:   see key to translations

The obelisk at Kingston Lacy was transported from Philae to England by Willian Bankes, and played a part in the decipherment of hieroglyphs, although only to a limited extented, because unlike the Rosetta Stone, the hieroglyphic text of the obelisk is completely different from the Greek text on its base ( see OGIS_139 ).

The obelisk was originally set up in the reign of Ptolemy VIII, and the hieroglyphic text commemorated this king as the 'Beneficent god'.  The translation is by R. Mairs & A. Bowman, in "The Philae Obelisk : Tales from Egypt, Dorset and Outer Space", pp.47-48 ( PDF ).  


Horus : the youth whose life on the throne of his father is pleasing, who succeeds in his acts, who is distinguished by birth because he appears with the living Apis. Two Ladies Two_Ladies : who pleases the heart of the Two Lands. King of Upper and Lower Egypt: son of the Manifest Gods, whom Ptah has chosen, who brings forth the order of Re, living image of Amun, the Beneficent god.

Great Isis, mother of the god, giver of life, lady of the sacred island, lady of Philae, lady of the lands of the south, ruler of the north, gathering tribute from the steps of Ra. The two Sibling gods, the Beneficent gods, the Father-loving gods, the Manifest gods, giving life, all strength, all health, all gladness of heart, like Ra, for ever and ever.

Golden Horus: whose might is great, Lord of the years of the Jubilee like Ptah-Tennen, King like Ra. Son of Ra: Ptolemy, living forever, beloved of Ptah, with his wife, the ruler, lady of the Two Lands, Cleopatra, the Beneficent gods, with the crowns of Osiris Wennefer, true of voice, great god, lord of Philae, king of the gods, foremost of the sacred island, beautiful ruler in the towns and nomes, his father is the god Tatennen, beloved of the goddess Mut, all life, stability and strength, like Ra, forever and ever.

Horus, the youth whose life on the throne of his father is pleasing, the holy image of the King of the Gods, whom Atum himself has chosen. King of Upper and Lower Egypt: son of the Manifest Gods, whom Ptah has chosen, who brings forth the order of Re, living image of Amun. The Beneficent gods, Amun-Ra, Osiris, king of he gods, lord of the thrones of the two lands, foremost of Iput, who causes to prosper what is in the lands of Horus, beautiful image in the two sanctuaries of the great Aten crossing the sky, earth, the underworld, the water, the mountains, judging those therein, great god, lord of the sacred island, giver of victory, lord of all strength, on the throne of Horus, at the head of the living, forever.

Horus : The youth, overlord of the nine peoples, son of Osiris, born of Isis, who has received the kingdom of Re from the hand of his father. Son of Ra: Ptolemy living forever, beloved of Ptah, the Beneficent god, set up two obelisks to his mother Isis, giver of life, lady of Philae, the holy place, on the sacred island in this place, which is beautiful through her. May her heart be pleased with what he has done.


Attalus' home page   |   19.08.20   |   Any comments?