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Ancient Egyptian Texts:  7.9


PROPOSAL TO BECOME PRIEST OF HARSAPHES


Date:   180/79 B.C.
Language:   Demotic
Translated by:   A. Monson
Format:   see key to translations

This proposal was written on one side of a papyrus, which was later used in the cartonnage of a human mummy at Tebtunis. The translation is taken from A. Monson, "A Demotic Proposal to Become Chief Priest of Harsaphes" ( academia.edu ).


[The voice of . . .] servant (?), beloved son, prophet of the Beneficent gods, prophet of the Father-loving gods, [prophet of the Manifest gods, . . .] son of Horus before the councillor priests of Imouthes, the scribe of the divine books, [and (?) . . . son of . . .,] prophet of Harsaphes, the Saviour gods, Brother-and-Sister gods, the Beneficent gods, the [Father]-loving gods, [and the Manifest gods. If] I will have been made chief priest of Harsaphes, the Brother-and-Sister gods, the Beneficent gods, 5 [the Father-loving gods, and the] Manifest gods from year 3, Thoth, day 1, until Mesore, day 30, and the 5 epagomenal days, [equals 1 year, equals 12⅙ months, equals] 1 year again, and the time that the queen Isis and the king [. . . will make (?) and I be given (?) the wheat, the barley,] the emmer, the cattle, the poultries, the wine, room [furnishings (?) and everything (?) of] the temple endowment of Harsaphes, king of the two lands, the great god, and of Imouthes son of Ptah, the great god, and of the [Brother-and-Sister] gods, [the Benificent gods,] the Father-loving gods, and the Manifest gods in every room . . . 10 . . . I will give to the temple here for all the days that are above: money (?) . . . . . . [7]4,411 deben and 8⅓ kite, its half is 37,205 deben and 9 [⅙ kite . . . . . . 3]7,956 deben (?), its half is emmer 18,933 deben (?) . . . [...] ... 288 without 457, specification: ox . . . . . .  [.]438 (?), small ox at the rate of 266 deben and 5 kite for 1,519 equals [money (?) . . . 15 . . . to the] temple(?) of Harsaphes, the Brother-and-Sister gods, the [Beneficent] gods, the Father-loving] gods, and the Manifest [gods] on the days of request . . . the emmer (?) . . .  . . . the temple, which made poultry 235, of new (?) .100 (?) . . . . . . geese herder, servant of Harsaphes, to give them in the name of the geese. . . .  ointment (?) 350 being delivered to the treasury . . . 20 . . . to the agent of the man who inspects the temple on the days of request . . . . . . to the account of money, 210 deben . . . . . . 235 and I will deliver the wine (?) . . . to the chapel of Kerke... in [the . . . (?) nome . . . . . . [to] the agents of the priests and the agent of the man who inspects the temple and they will receive them them [on account] . . . 25 . . . jar and the thing which they will give to the agents and they will . . .


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