Intercolumnar Wall D (116-118)

Esna 116

  • Location: Facade, intercolumnar wall D
  • Date: Domitian
  • Hieroglyphic Text
  • Bibliography: None

Cartouches of Domitian.

Esna 117

[…] wbn m Nwn
N.t wr wr.w
ḥȝ.t nṯr.w pw
ḫpr m ḥȝ.t
wbn m Nwn
ỉw tȝ m kkw
ḥḏ tȝ
m pr=s

bẖ.n=s zȝ=s
r bẖ tȝ r-ḏr=f
m ḫy nfr
nn ḥr-ḫw=f

m pr=f
m rn=f n ṯwtw[…]

[…] who rises from Nun,
Neith, greatest of the great,
that means first of the gods,
who came about in the beginning,
who arose from Nun,
while the earth was in darkness,
the earth shone (ḥḏ )
at her emergence.

She bore (bẖ) her son,
to illumine (bẖ) the whole earth,
as a good child,
without peer.

The earth becomes verdant (wȝḏ )
at his emergence,309
in his name of Tutu (twtw) […]

Esna 118


1ỉr(.t) mḏ n mw.t=f
snfr ḥʿ.w n ỉt=f

1 Doing ointment for his mother,
beautifying the body of his father.

The King

(ỉwtgrtr ksrs)
(tymdns ḫwỉ)

4wnn zȝ-Rʿ
(tymdns ʿnḫ-ḏ.t)
m snn n šsmw
ḥr ḫrp ḫȝw nb n tȝ-nṯr
sw mỉ ḥr
ḥrỉ psḏ.t nw ỉs.t

King of Upper and Lower Egypt,
(Autokrator Caesar)
Son of Re
(Domitian Augustus)

While the son of Re,
(Domitian, living eternally)
is in his form of Shesemu,
offering all ingredients from God’s Land,
he is like Horus,
chief of the Ennead of the Laboratory.310


twtw wr [zȝ] N.t
nṯr nṯry
nb nmt.t

ḥdy=k r s.t
[…] mw.t=f
pẖr […]
[…]k nḫy […]

mry dỉ ʿnḫ-ḏd-wȝs
snb ȝw.t-ỉb nb
mỉ Rʿ

Tutu the great, [son] of Neith,
divine god,
lord of steps:

May you fly to the place
[of] your mother,
and travel around […]
you […] protector [of …]

Beloved of the one who gives
all ʿnḫ-ḏd-wȝs, health, and happiness,
like Re.


8ḏd-mdw ỉn N.t wr.t
mw.t-nṯr 9nb.t tȝ-sn.t

mw.t n Rʿ
10qmȝ ḫn.ty
ỉr nṯr.w nw pȝwty.w

ḫpr m ḥȝ.t
qmȝ tȝ
ỉr nṯr.w pȝwty.w
ỉwty snw=s

p.t mḥ.tw m nfrw=s
tȝ ʿ m […]=s
ḥw.wt-nṯr.w ẖr ʿḫm.w=sn

8 Words spoken by Neith the great,
Mother of God, 9 Lady of Esna.

Mother of Re,
10 who created the two crocodiles,
who made the primeval gods.

11 Mother of God,
who came about [in] the beginning,
who created the earth,
who made the primeval gods,
without her peer.

Heaven is filled with her beauty,
the earth is equipped with her […],
temples bear their statues.