Intercolumnar Wall E (111-115)

Esna 111

Cartouches of Domitian.

Esna 112


1ỉȝw n=k
pȝ bȝ ʿȝ-ỉrw
wr-nrw štȝ-2ms.w
nṯr wʿ ḫpr m ḥḥ(.w)
qmȝ nty nb ḫpr=f

1 Greetings to you,
o Ba, great of form,
great of fear, remote 2 of appearance,
sole god who transformed into millions,
who created all that is when he came about.

The King

(ywtqrtr ksrs)
(twmtyns ḫwỉ)

3 King of Upper and Lower Egypt,
Autokrator Caesar,
4 Son of Re,
Domitian, Augustus

Nekhbet (vulture)

5Nḫb.t ỉr.t wnm.t n 6Itm
dỉ(.) ʿnḫ-ḏd-wȝs nb
snb nb
8ȝw.t-ỉb nb ḥr s.t-ḥr

5 Nekhbet, the right eye of 6 Atum,
7 beloved,
who gives all ʿnḫ-ḏd-wȝs,
all health,
8 all happiness upon the throne of Horus.

Behind the king

9nṯr nfr ỉr ḥk[nw…]

9 The good god, who makes praises […]

Ram-headed Crocodile

10šsr-tȝ ḫpr m 11zp tpy
šȝʿ Nwn 12ms pȝwty
ỉs tȝ m Nwn m nn
nḥm s(w) šzp
wn(.w) m kkw

13ỉwn ḫnt
pr=sn m n.t
kȝ=sn ḏsr
m ẖnmw-[Rʿ] nb tȝ-sn.t

10šsr-tȝ(?)296 who came about in the first moment,
who began Nun, who birthed the primeval one,
while the earth was in Nun and inert,
light captured it (earth),
when it had been in darkness.

13 The pillar of wind and the crocodile:
they both emerged from the flood,
their name is sacred
as Khnum-[Re]297, lord of Esna.

Wadjet (cobra)

14wȝḏy.t ỉr.t ỉȝbt.t n Itm

14 Wadjet, the left eye of Atum.

Behind Wadjet

swȝš ḥknw n kȝ n pȝwty
ẖnm[…] m […]

15 The King of Upper and Lower Egypt,
who utters praises for the Ka of the Primeval One,

Esna 113


1wšȝ šʿy ḏbȝ snṯ

2ḏbȝ.n=ỉ snṯ=k
smn.n=ỉ ʿḥ=k
srwḏ.n=ỉ ʿ.t=k
r ḥn.ty

[ntk] ỉr 3šʿy
sḫpr ỉnr
r ḫws ḥw.wt
n nṯr.w nṯry.t

1 Pouring sand, filling the foundation.298
Words spoken:

2 As I have filled your foundation,
so I have established your palace,
and I have made your place endure
for the limits of eternity.

[You are] he who makes 3 sand,
who creates stone,
to build temples
for gods and goddesses.

The King

nb tȝ.wy
(ȝwtwkrtwr kysrs)|
5zȝ-Rʿ nb-ḫʿ.w
(twmdyns nty-ḫwỉ)|
6spd sḫr.w
ỉr mrỉ nṯr.w
snṯ ḥw.t-nṯr
ḫws […]

4 The King of Upper and Lower Egypt,
Lord of the Two Lands,
(Autokrator Caesar)|
5 Son of Re, Lord of Appearances
(Domitian Augustus)|
6 Sharp of plans,
who does what the gods love,
who founds a temple,
and builds […]

Khnum-Re Lord of Esna

7ḏd-mdw n ẖnmw-Rʿ nb tȝ-sn.t
nṯr šps r nṯr.w
8bȝ ḏsr ḫnty ỉtr.ty
mnḫ kȝ.t
m šw rḫ-dd-ṯȝw
m nỉw.wt spȝ.wt
ỉṯ bȝw=f ḥr.w-nb

qmȝ Nwn
10sḫpr mn.ty
bs.n=f rwḏ.w nb

11ḏỉ=ỉ n=k
ḫʿỉ n Rʿ
wbn n [ỉʿḥ]
[nm]t.t n ṯȝw ḫnt Nn.t

7 Words spoken by Khnum-Re Lord of Esna,
august god,
greatest of the gods.
8 Sacred Ba, foremost of the two chapels,
beneficent of works
as Shu, who can give air.
9 His perfection endures
in cities and districts,
and his Baw-power seizes everybody.

He who created Nun,
10 who produced the mountains,
who made all plants come forth.

11 I give to you
the rising of Re,
the shining of the [moon],299
the [ste]ps of the wind within the sky.


12ḏd-mdw n Mnḥy.t wr.t
nb.t ḫnt-tȝ
tmȝ.t ỉr nṯr.w
ḥr.t-tp n 13nḥḥ ḏ.t

nb(.t) šmʿ-s
ḥqȝ mḥw-s
msḫn.t nfr.t
nb.t mrw.t
grg(.t) tȝ m ms.w=s

ḫbỉ(.t) ỉn.w 15m tȝ.w nb
ḥʿʿ nṯr.w n mȝȝ=s

16ḏỉ=ỉ mn mnw=k
mỉ p.t
ḏd rn=k ḥr ỉr.n=k
stp-zȝ=k ḥr snṯ=f
mỉ sḫr.w n ḥw.wt-nṯr.w

12 Words spoken by Menhyt the great,
Lady of Khent-ta,
Mother who made the gods,
Uraeus for 13 all eternity

Lady of the White crown,
Ruler of the Red crown,
good birth brick
Lady of love,
who settled the earth with her children.

She who collects tribute 15 from all lands,
at whose sight the gods rejoice.

16 I cause that your monument remains
like the sky,
that your name endures upon what you made,
and your palace remains upon its foundation,
just as with the temples.

Esna 114

wnn zȝ-Rʿ
(tmtyns ʿnḫ ḏ.t)
m ỉwʿ n ṯnn
ḥr dwn ḏr.t=f
ẖr šʿ n wḏb

sw m ʿqȝ-ỉb
sšm kȝ.t
ḏbȝ snṯ
ỉr ȝḫ.w n ỉt=f

twt nb qȝḥ
ʿȝ nš.w
wr mšʿ
ṯz ḏȝm.w
smn ḥw.wt-nṯr.w
ḥsb ʿḫm.w

While the son of Re,
(Domitian, living eternally),
is the heir of Tatenen,
extending his hand
with sand of the shore,

He is straight of heart,
great of sand,
who fills the foundation300,
and does benefactions for his father.

You are the lord of clay,
numerous of sand,
great of troops,
who binds together recruits,
who establishes temples,
and accounts the statues.

Esna 115

  • Location: Intercolumnar Wall E, soubassement
  • Date: Domitian
  • Hieroglyphic Text
  • Bibliography: Tattko 2014, pp. 414-415 (description only)

1 - Nile


ỉỉ.n nsw.t-bỉty
(ȝ[wdkrtr] kysrs)
ẖnmw-Rʿ nb tȝ-sn.t

ỉn=f n=k ḥʿpỉ sỉp [r nw=f…]
4sḫpr.n=f […]
mi […]

ssȝ.n=f mȝy.w qȝy.w
m ỉỉ=f r tr=f

ntk pr ḥʿpỉ m ṯpḥ.t=f
ẖr ṯb.ty=k
r […]

1 Hapi-sỉp-2r-nw=f301
3 Words spoken:

The King of Upper and Lower Egypt,
(A[utokrator] Caesar)
has come before you,
Khnum-Re,302 Lord of Esna.

He brings to you Hapi-sỉp[-r-nw=f…]
4 having created for you […]
like [….]

He satiates the low and high lands303
when he arrives in his season.

You are he from under whose sandals
the Inundation emerges from his grotto.304
in order to […]

2 - Field

5sḫ.t ks(.t) 6ẖr ms.w=s

ỉỉ.n zȝ-Rʿ
(tmtyns nty-ḫwỉ)
ẖnmw-Rʿ nb tȝ-sn.t
ỉn=f n=k sḫ.t [ ẖr ms.w=s]

[…] 8 ḏdȝ(.w) m pr.t nb.w
Rnn.t ʿȝ.t
sḫpr=k m qȝ p.t
m wsḫ n tȝ

ntk šȝy nfr ỉr [šȝy].w
ḥry-wḏb šd […]

5 The field Ks(.t)-6ẖr-ms.w=s305
7 Words spoken:

The Son of Re,
(Domitian Augustus)
has come before you,
Khnum-Re Lord of Esna.
He brings to you the field […]

[…] 8 fattened(?)306 with all seeds
of great Renenutet,
you create to the height of heaven,
and the breadth of the earth.

You are Shai, who made the [Shai spirit]s,307
the ḥry-wḏb,308 who raises [plants…]