[HOME]

Horemhotep

 

Horemhotep1, scribe redacter, learned one, master of secrets in the sacred chamber of Tjenenet, prophet, scribe of sacred words, scribe of the sacred book of Banebdjed, overseer of the lake of pharaoh2, son of Kha-hapi, probably identical to Kha-hapi Lord of Letopolis3 by Herankh4, father of Kha-hapi5 chronology and career unknown.

[1] PP IX 5460b = PP VI 17094. Gr: Harimouthes. Ý

[2] Stelae BM 886, BM 147; see PP IX 5460b. Statue base Baltimore 48.1381 is dedicated to Horemhotep son of Kha-hapi, probably the same man -- see J. Quaegebeur in D. J. Crawford et al., Studies on Ptolemaic Memphis 47, 51f. n. 2. This calls him "prophet, head of the craftsmen of Ptah, master of secrets in the sacred chamber of Tjenenet". Ý

[3] Stelae BM 886, BM 147. J. Quaegebeur in D. J. Crawford et al., Studies on Ptolemaic Memphis 47, 70 (31) correctly comments that it cannot be proved that the Kha-hapi and Herankh named as parents of Horemhotep are the same as the couple named as parents of Taimhotep and Taneferher. These two are named as aunt of Psherenamun II on stele BM 188 via his father, and sister of Psherenamun I and mother of Psherenamun II on stele BM 184; moreover, their father is given a full titulary for an HPL. These factors assure the identity in that case.

Horemhotep is given his fullest titles on BM 886, where his father is said to have been "of the same profession". None of the titles given to Horemhotep's father Kha-hapi correspond to titles held by Kha-hapi Lord of Letopolis. Ordinarily this would be an argument against identifying the two. However, the facts that Horemhotep drafted at least two of these stelae -- BM 886 for Psherenptah III, BM 147, and probably also BM 377, signed by a Horemhotep of unspecified parentage, both for Taimhotep -- and that the two hieroglyphic ones, especially BM 147, the stele of Taimhotep, contain some of the most personal invocations of the Ptolemaic era, strongly suggest he had close personal connections to the deceased, most easily explained by identifying his parents with Taimhotep's. Ý

[4] Stelae BM 886, BM 147; see discussion above. Ý

[5] Stele BM 886. Ý

Update Notes:

27 March 2002: Created page

Website © Chris Bennett, 2001-2011 -- All rights reserved