posted on Mar, 26 2014 @ 05:11 PM
reply to post by KilgoreTrout
I see, so they probably knocked off when the work was actually all done, hence the suspended flail.
There's a part of me that feels like it is trying to correspond with something that is no longer there, when I think of this stuff.
I like the suspended flail idea in terms of the suspension of work. When the flood came in, there was nothing left to do but wait. The land had been
tilled, the ditches and canals dug to carry the water to the fields. Nothing to do but celebrate until the waters receded and they could get back to
work with the planting.
I have managed to identify the specific stele. I was at a funeral yesterday and received divine inspiration in the form of Psalm 23. I wondered
whether the hieroglyph in question may have something to do with anointing ("5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou
anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over."). I drew a blank (no pun intended) on that one, but it did lead me into thinking about Alexander
the Great, which is where I hit the nail.
That is the cartouche for Alexander's Egyptian name Meryamun Setepenra (beloved by Amun, chosen by Ra) Alexandros. If you look at the original image
posted by Sky, it is reversed and vertical, but an exact match. The stele is therefore in either Amenhotep III's Temple or in the Barque Chapel
annex built by Alexander. It is part of a series that imposes Alexander into the Optet Festival proceedings and therefore affirms his divine
kingship. As far as is known though, like the preceding conqueror Darius, he was never around long enough to actually do the deed into the Nile and
never took part in an actual Optet celebration. Nor for that matter was he officially crowned Pharaoh.
Also of note, regarding the 'issuance' and 'pouring', in Michael Wood's 'In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great', he makes the comment that
much of the hieroglyphics of Alexander's time were shoddy, the knowledge having been neglected and lost in the preceding sequence of conquest and
conflict. So, the whole 'sperm-a-like' thing could just be a typo anyway