The Title ḥ3.ty-'.w ḥ3 ỉnb.w n.w Ptḥ, "Mayor of beyond the walls of Ptah", and early 19th Dynasty temple building at Memphis

Nico Staring

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Abstract

The Mayor of Memphis was a key player in the administration of Egypt's capital. Despite that prominent position, we do not know much about the official's duties. The recent identification of a photograph taken by Egyptologist Théodule Devéria in 1859, which features a doorway in the long-lost superstructure of the tomb of the Mayor Ptahmose, has added valuable new data to the subject. Texts on the structure's two door jambs record a selection of his titles. One of these, ḥ3.ty-'.w ḥ3 ỉnb.w n.w Ptḥ, "Mayor of beyond the walls of Ptah", is not known from any other sources. This paper proposes an interpretation of this title, which also requires a re-evaluation of the office of Mayor of Memphis at the very beginning of the 19th Dynasty. The administration of town and temple are studied using prosopographical data as a primary source, with special emphasis on the construction works in and around ỉnb.w, "Walls".
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-190
Number of pages24
JournalZeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde
Volume142
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Ptahmose
  • mayor of Memphis
  • Ptah temple
  • Ramesses I
  • Ramesses II

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