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Djedhor

 

Djedhor1, god's father, beloved of the god, prophet of Ptah, sDm, wr hAw, nDm stj, xa-rA, sA-st, following the living Apis, master of the secrets of the temple of Ptah, dressing the gods of Memphis from the works of his own hands, chief priest of all the prophets in the temples of Upper and Lower Egypt, prophet of Horus of the window of appearances, count, stm, Chief of Artificers (High Priest of Memphis)2, son of Anemhor II3 by Herankh4, born 29 Epeiph year 18 of Ptolemy II = 22 September 2675, died 23 Mecheir year 24 of Ptolemy III = 8 April 2236, buried 16 Pachons year 24 of Ptolemy III = 30 June 2237

[1] PP III 5373. Gr: Teos. E. A. E. Reymond, From the Records of a Priestly Family of Memphis 88, notes that K. Sethe, Urk II.4 101, proposes to identify him with a certain Teephibis, priest of Thebes, known from the hermetic literature, however there seems no obvious reason to agree with this. Ý

[2] Stele Vienna 154. See PP IX 5373. E. A. E. Reymond, From the Records of a Priestly Family of Memphis 90 gives him rather more extensive titles, also from Vienna 154 (which for some reason she identifies as Vienna 162). After the title sA-st she inserts: "senior priest, the trusty one, learned in his ritual duties, who guides everyone who enters into the Inaccessible Chamber (and) every priest according to the norm, proud of march in the sancitified place, he who assesses all the belongings of the library, who restores what is found in decay in the ba-rA scripts, who is learned in the secret (writings and acts) of the Golden Mansion, whose name shall not be concealed from anybody in the mansion-of-Ptah", and the phrase translated by PP IX as "chief priest of all the prophets in the temples of Upper and Lower Egypt" receives the more extended translation of "he who enters into the King's House on all its festive occasions ahead of priest(s) (and) all the prophets from the temples of Upper and Lower Egypt unto the presence of he who summons them". D. Devauchelle, CdE 58 (1983) 135, 138 lets this pass without comment.

Djedhor died before his father Anemhor II and therefore succeeded him as HPM during his lifetime. E. A. E. Reymond, From the Records of a Priestly Family of Memphis 88 suggests that he did not succeed to the office even though he held the title, presumably for this reason. It is certainly true that his titles are in general less imposing than those of his father. But statue Moscow 5351 of Horemhotep appears to show his father, plausibly identified as Anemhor II, as living with only the title sm-priest, and an unnamed brother as HPM, which indicates that Anemhor really did step down from the office. See discussion under Horemhotep. Ý

[3] Stele Vienna 154. Ý

[4] Stele Vienna 154. Ý

[5] Stele Vienna 154. Ý

[6] Stele Vienna 154. Ý

[7] Stele Vienna 154. This is 83 days after death, a little longer than the traditional 70 days. Ý

Update Notes:

21 March 2002: Created page
20 May 2002: Corrected Egyptian date equations as necessary

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