1 The prophecies of 5 Part II nfrti Neferti Revised in August 2013 di.i n.k ta m zni-mn(t) tm xpr xpr(.w) tw r Szp xaw nw aha anx ta m sha iw.tw r irt ahaw m Hmt dbh.tw t m snf sbh.tw m sbht n mr nn rm.tw n m(w)t nn sdr.tw Hqr n m(w)t ib n z(i) m sa.f Ds.f nn ir.tw samt min ib <w>stn(.w) Hr.s r Aw Hms z(i) iw qah.f sa.f ky Hr sma ky di.i n.k za m xrwy sn m xft(i) zi Hr sma it(i).f r nb mh(.w) mr wi bw-nfr nb rw.w Aq ta SA.tw r.f hpw
2 HDD m iryt ws.tw m gmyt iryt m tmmt irt nhm xwt z(i) r.f rdi.w n nti m rwti di.i n.k nb m nhw rwti Htp.w tm ir mh n.f ir Sw tw r rdit xwt m msdd r sgr r mdw wsb.tw TAz a pr.w Xr xt mdw(.tw) m sma sw xn mdt Hr ib mi xt nn wxd.n.tw pr n r and ta asa xrpw.f ws.tw.f aa bakw.f ktt iti wr ipt xa.tw.s m wbn iw ra iwd.f sw (r) r(m)t wbn.f wn wnwt nn rx.tw xpr mtrt nn tn.tw Swt.f nn baq Hr dg(a)t iw nn ibh irti m mw wnn.f m pt mi iah
3 nn th nw.f nw SsA(t) wnn is stwt.f m Hr m zpw imiw-hat di.i n.k ta m sni-mn(t) sa a m nb a tw <r> nd xrt nd xrt di.i n.k Xri r Hri pxr.ti m sa pxr Xt anx.tw m Xri-nTr iw Hwrw r irt ahaw wrwt r [DA] r xpr in SwAww wnm sn(w)-t bakw H(A)b-qAw nn wn HqA(t)-aD r ta msxnt nt ntr nb nswt pw r iit n rsi IMNY maa xrw rn.f za Hmt pw n ta-st ms pw n Xn(w)-nxn iw.f r Szp HDt iw.f r wtz dsrt iw.f r zma sxmti
4 iw.f r shtp nbwi m mrwt.sn pxr-ihi m fxa(.f ) wsr m nwdt(.f ) rsy r(m)t nt haw.f za n zi r irt rn.f r nhh Hna Dt wayw r Dwt kay(w) zbiw sxr.n.sn rw.sn n sndw.f iw aamw r xr n Sat.f timh(i)w r xr n nswt.f iw sbiw n dndn.f XAkw-ib n SfSfywt.f iw arat imt xnt.f Hr shrt n.f XAkw-ib tw r qd inbw-hqa nn rdit hay Aamw r kmt dbh.sn mw mi sxr ssaw
5 r rdit swri awt.sn iw maat r iit r st.s izft dr.ti r rwti rsy gmhti.f wnnti.f Hr Sms nswt iw rx-xwt r stt n.i maa.f Ddt.n.i xpr(.w)
6 The prophecies of nfrti Neferti: Part II Vocabulary calamity zni pass (by), surpass, transgress mnt malady, distress, suffering, aha fight xaw weapons; xaw aha weapons of war turmoil, hostility Szp receive, take, accept sha confusion, uproar, kt-xi Hmsi sit, sit down, besiege qah bend, turn sma kill, destroy ky (an)other; (fem.) kt; (pl.) kiwi,, za son xrwy enemy sn brother, sibling general) Hmt copper t bread snf blood ahaw arrow, weapons (in dbh ask for, beg sbh cry, wail, laugh loud, sbht, sbhwt (noun) cries, wailing z(i) man sa back dishevel hair Hqr hungry, fast; (noun) hunger min today samt lock of hair; iri samt wstn roam, travel freely, xfty enemy iti father SA ordain, order, predestine, assign, settle hp law rwi go away, disappear, vanish rwti outside, outsider, stranger ws (intransitive) fall out, be destroyed; (transitive) desolate (a place) mh fill, be full of xt fire msdd hatred, reluctance wsb answer TAz speech, sentence, phrase pri go up, emerge, thrust xn land, alight wxd suffer, endure
7 and few, scarce asa many xrp controller, administrator aa great, big, important bakw work, taxes ktt small, a trifle iti barley, corn ipt oipe (4 heqat = 19.2 liter) measure of grain xai measure, probe iwd separate wnwt hour mtrt midday poor pxr turn, go around, course through Hwrw wretched, miserable, ahaw heap, wealth, riches swaww the poor bak servant wnm eat H(A)b celebrate a triumph qai high, exalted, loud snw offerings msxmt bearing-stool, birthplace Szp receive, take, accept wtz lift up, raise Tni be distinguished, recognize (as different), discern Xnw home, interior, (royal) residence, capital Swt shadow, shade baq be dazzled (of sight), oily, white, clear (character) dgi see, stare ibh stream (m with (liquid)) Egypt) nxn Nekhen (2 nd nome of Upper HDt White Crown (Upper Egypt) dsrt Red Crown (Lower Egypt) zma join, unite, iah moon, Thoth thi go astray, stray, transgress, overstep (path) nw time, for a while sxm (adjective) powerful; (verb) have power, give power (n to) shtp please, pacify nb lord, master, owner SsAt nightfall, stwt (sun)rays zp time, occasion, deed, misdeed, fault, condition, situation sa weak object) pxr-aht field-encircler (cult wsr oar fxa grasp, grip nwdt grasp, grip
8 joyful rsi, rsw (verb) rejoice; rs (adjective) haw vicinity, area, affairs, time nhh forever, eternity, eternal repetition (cyclical) Dt forever, eternity (fixed, unchanging) wa fall (r into condition) kai plan, think about Dwt evil zbt wrong, evil, snd, sndw become afraid; (noun) fear xr fall sbi rebel XAk-ib estranged dndn anger, wrath SfSft respect, awe, iart, arat uraeus shri pacify, make peace, make content, qd build inb wall dbh ask for, beg sxr plan, counsel, governance, conduct, affair, fashion, nature ssa pray, beseech aam Asiatic TmH Libyan Sat slaughter, nswt flame expel dr subdue/repel (enemies), drive out, gmh catch sight of, observe, see sti shoot, hurl, pour (water)
9 The prophecies of nfrti Neferti: Part II Grammar Points di.i n.k ta m zni-mn(t) tm xpr xpr(.w) The prophet now introduces his second topic: the bloody civil war and its consequences. In the first clause the subjunctive sdm.f of rdi along with the dative can be translated as I will show you, lit. I will give to you. The compound zni-mnt means calamity, distress, derived from zni pass by and mnt suffering, maladie, the latter being related to mn to be ill, suffer. The second clause contains a simple subject-stative construction but the two contrasting uses of the verb xpr are interesting. The preposed subject is a negated (perfective active) participle tm xpr what has not happened used by itself as a noun, and the predicate is once again the intransitive xpr happen with English past or perfect meaning. With these, the literal meaning of the sentence is: what has not happened (before) happened. As another interesting point, Ostracon C25224 has the feminine construction: tmt xpr xpr.t(i)...will/would happen. In any case, the overall meaning of this passage is the prediction that unforeseen events will come to pass. tw r Szp xaw nw aha anx ta m sha iw.tw r irt ahaw m Hmt dbh.tw t m snf The grammar is the same here as in line 34. The two objects xaw nw aha weapons of war and ahaw m Hmt copper arrows are arranged symmetrically. Continuing the symmetry, anx live and dbh ask for, beg, crave are both subjunctive sdm.f. The extent of the distress of the land described by the noun sha confusion, uproar (Gardiner, Lichtheim), turmoil (Tobin) (related to sh terrorize) is further exemplified by the ending tm snf which can be rendered in different ways: (crave) bread with blood or blood as food. Note that P1116B has dbh.tw m t snf which Gardiner translates as they crave for the bread of blood.
10 sbh.tw m sbht n mr Another word play involves the double uses of the word sbh first as a verb cry out, laugh (m at ), and second as a noun sbh (n mr) cry (of pain)/laughter (of distress). Ostracon C25224 has the passive sbh.tw.f m one is laughed at nn rm.tw n m(w)t nn sdr.tw Hqr n m(w)t ib n z(i) m sa.f Ds.f A pair of clauses with negated subjunctive sdm.f laments the lack of respect for the dead. The verbs used are rmi weep (n for ) and sdr lie down, sleep but here due to the ending Hqr n mwt fasting for the dead clearly implies that lie awake is meant. In the last adverbial sentence the predicate is an example of the use of the compound preposition m sa lit. at the back with a clear meaning: Each man s heart is at his own back. nn ir.tw samt min ib <w>stn(.w) Hr.s r Aw (C25224) Further detail of the lack of mourning customs is given here. The verb-object compound iri samt (in which the vulture has phonetic value mt) must refer to disheveling the hair at the time of mourning, lit. make a lock of hair. The subject-stative construction with preposed subject ib heart and predicate wstn move (freely) (Hr from ; abandon (Lichtheim)) expresses the state of mind of the people: complete (r Aw) indifference. The 3FS suffix pronoun.s refers to mourning. Hms z(i) iw qah.f sa.f ky Hr sma ky (GČ106,2) Man s indifference to the suffering of his fellow is depicted here in a more descriptive setting. The first (main) clause uses the subjunctive sdm.f of Hmsi sit and a generic subject zi man. The first of the two adverb clauses that follow describes a man in seated position using the concomitant circumstantial/imperfective sdm.f of the verb qah bend, turn. The second adverb clause describes what happens behind the man s back with easy grammar using the verb sma kill in a Hr + infinitive pseudo-verbal construction indicating action in progress.
11 di.i n.k za m xrwy sn m xft(i) zi Hr sma it(i).f The beginning easy grammar is as in line 38. Two contrasting phrases describe the civil war: son as enemy, brother as adversary. The last sentence uses a Hr + infinitive construction pointing to actual action: man killing his father. Gardiner and Lichtheim both note that this passage along with many others concerning the national crisis is very similar to those in the Admonitions of Ipuwer. r nb mh(.w) mr wi bw-nfr nb rw.w A simple subject-stative construction is followed by a phrase mr wi: crying out for help. Lichtheim expresses doubts on Gardiner s direct translation love me (and Tobin s closely related take pity on me ) and considers this an idiom I wish I had. Yet another subject-stative construction makes a general statement on happiness, bwnfr, having gone using the intransitive verb rwi go/pass away. Aq ta SA.tw r.f hpw (C25224 and GČ106,2) HDD m iryt ws.tw m gmyt (C25224) Neferti s thoughts now briefly return to the state of the land and its produce. In the first main clause, using the subjunctive sdm.f of the verb Aq go to ruin, perish, he prophesizes the fate of the land. One can compare this with the stative construction in line 23, ta Aq.w which simply claims the state of land as if the devastation already happened. Gardiner s verbatim translation of the second subordinate clause the laws (hpw) are decreed (SA.tw; passive form of the subjunctive sdm.f of the verb SA ordain, order, decide ) concerning it (r.f ) can be simplified its fate decreed/has been ordained (Lichtheim, Tobin). In the last two clauses the symmetry of the adverbial phrases m iryt m gmyt is apparent. Both are adverbial sentences of identity. The first identifies the imperfective passive participle HDD (of the verb HDi destroy ) with the passive participle iryt of iri make, do, lit. what is destroyed is what has been made.
12 (Note that the scribe of Ostracon GČ90 changed the perfective iryt to the imperfective irrw. In any case, this participle means produce, crops. ) In the second clause the verb form of ws desolate (with the impersonal pronoun tw) is either the passive form of the subjunctive sdm.f or a passive relative form (formed by the impersonal suffix pronoun tw). 1 In either case it is the subject of the adverbial sentence of identity. In the adverbial predicate the noun gmyt is the perfective passive participle of the verb gmi with principal meaning to find, use (of hand). As Lichtheim points out, it can then be interpreted as things of use. One tends to lean toward the nominal use of the subjunctive as the action that it expresses desolate is subsequent to the action that is expressed by the participle gmyt. iryt m tmmt irt (GČ90) The only difference between this and the sentence iryt m tmt irw in line 22 is that in the negation the infinitive of iri (and not the negatival complement) is used. nhm xwt z(i) r.f rdi.w n nti m rwti (C25224) This sentence is a good example to compare the uses of the passive and the stative. The verb nhm take (away) (r from ) is passive since its subject in a noun whereas rdi.w is stative since the subject is the 3MS suffix pronoun. The preposition n governs the relative adjective nti used as a noun, the subject of the following direct relative clause (with adverbial predicate): to the one who Finally, rwti means outsider, stranger clearly related to the noun outside (with identical spelling). di.i n.k nb m nhw rwti Htp.w (C25224 and GČ90) The grammar in these two clauses is simple and has been discussed previously. The text in P1116B after is eroded and, following Gardiner and Lichtheim, we emended it as need. Curiously, Ostracon GČ106,2 has nhpw care and 1 Allen (15.3.4).
13 Ostracon GČ90 hapw a variant spelling of hpw laws. With the papyrus scroll determinative nhp also means mourn. None of these fit to the first clause which is supposed to contrast the second: a stranger is sated/satisfied. tm ir mh n.f ir Sw (C25224, GČ106,2 and GČ90) Gardiner considers this as an A B nominal sentence with all verb forms being participles. The first part A is the subject: tm ir mh n.f and B is the predicate: ir Sw. Literally, he who did not make (tm ir; a negated perfective active participle) one who filled for himself (mh n.f; perfective active participle with dative) (is) one who is made (ir; perfective passive participle) empty (poor) (Sw). He explained the first obscure part: The prosperous man never fills his own granaries but his servants do. Disagreeing with Gardiner and continuing the structure of the previous line, Lichtheim and Tobin split this into two contrasting clauses: tm ir mh(.w) n.f and ir Sw(.w). Keeping the participles of the verb iri as subjects of two subject-stative constructions, the two clauses have clear meaning, lit. he who did not make (acquire)/he who is indolent fills for himself and he who made/ he who is industrious is empty. tw r rdit xwt m msdd r sgr r mdw (GČ90) The grammar in this passage is clear and has occurred previously. The verb rdi (in an r + infinitive construction) has here its principal meaning give and the offering is tainted with hatred/ reluctance msdd. The (only) reason to give is expressed in another r + infinitive construction with the causative sgr make silent, silence. The object is r mouth which is modified by the perfective active participle of the 4ae-inf verb mdwi speak. wsb.tw TAz a pr.w Xr xt mdw(.tw) m sma sw (C25224, GČ106,2) This and the next passage describe the breakdown of communication between people. We follow Lichtheim who insists on symmetry. The first and main clause uses the passive form of the subjunctive as the predicate, lit. one would answer a speech. This is followed by an adverb clause with a subject-stative construction: (by) the arm raised holding (lit. under) a stick. (The curious combination Xr xt in
14 three other ostraca has an even more curious writing with the wood sign replaced by the flesh determinative in one and a slanted stroke in another.) The last clause summarizes the situation, lit. (so that) one would speak by killing him. xn mdt Hr ib mi xt nn wxd.n.tw pr n r This is a beautiful pair of clauses with straightforward grammar. The subjunctive sdm.f of the verb xni land has subject mdt speech,word, lit. the words land on the mind like fire. The second clause contains the negated perfect of the verb wxd endure" expressing lack of ability: one cannot endure. The verb form of pri in the object pr n r is a participle, lit. what comes from the mouth, a clever choice of synonym for mdw. and ta asa xrpw.f ws.tw.f aa bakw.f Neferti now returns to the condition of the arable land and the (lack of) its produce. The clauses have contrasting adjectival predicates and few, scarce, asa many, aa great. The subjects are ta land, xrpw.f its controllers/administrators, and bakw taxes, revenues. The third clause is the passive form of the subjunctive sdm.f of the previously occurred (line 45) verb ws in transitive use. ktt iti wr ipt xa.tw.s m wbn Neferti now turns to the failing crops. Once again this passage parallels the previous (with a slight difference of the missing last clause). The first two are constructed using the contrastive pair of adjectival predicates ktt small, low, and wr great, large. The subjects are iti barley, grain, and ipt measure of grain (oipe=4 heqat=19.2 liter). The verb xai measure is once again the passive form of the subjunctive sdm.f with the suffix pronoun.s referring to the grain. The attached m + infinitive construction using wbn overflow, be excessive is a sarcastic remark: even if the grain is little and the grain-measure is large, it is measured as if there was abundant harvest. iw ra iwd.f sw (r) r(m)t (C25224)
15 wbn.f wn wnwt nn rx.tw xpr mtrt Attention now turns to the divine as the sun god Re is prophesized to turn his back on people. In the first sentence this is expressed by an iw.f sdm.f /subject + imperfective construction. The phrase iwd X r Y means separate X from Y. The preposition r is missing. 2 In the second sentence Neferti s reassuring words that the sun will still rise at the regular time expresses an initial concession in an although clause and as such it uses the nonattributive relative form 3 of the verb wbn rise. In the following circumstantial clause wn wnwt, the perfective relative form of wnn, is employed, lit. (given) that/although he (Re) will rise (when) the hour exists. In the main clause a typical construction of the negated subjunctive sdm.f of the verb rx has clear meaning: one will not know. Finally, the object of rx is the nonattributive relative form xpr mtrt, lit. (that) midday happened. nn tn.tw Swt.f nn baq Hr dg[a]t (sw) (C25224) iw nn ibh irti m mw The human impact of Re s punishment of mankind, the darkening of the sun, is described here. The verb forms in the next three clauses are (negated) subjunctive sdm.f. In the first the verbal predicate is Tni recognize (as different), discern. In the object the ideogram Swt for sunshade is suggestive for its meaning shadow, shade. The literal meaning of the first clause: one will not recognize his (own) shadow can be made more transparent: none will The second clause has similar construction, lit. the face/sight will not be dazzled (baq). The object of the infinitive of the verb dgi see, stare, Re, is omitted as it is clear from the context. Finally, the third clause with similar grammar the predicate is ibh stream (m with ). wnn.f m pt mi iah (C25224) This sentence contains a poetic comparison. The emphatic prospective sdmw.f 2 Same writing happens in [Sin. R 28-9]. 3 See Allen ( ).
16 /prospective (and not the subjunctive) of the verb wnn to be, exist shifts the emphasis to the attached adverbial phrases m pt mi iah in the sky like the moon, lit. it will exist in the sky like the moon, once more depicting the darkening of the sun. Similar to line 24, this sentence can be viewed as converted from the adverbial clause *iw.f m pt mi iah to acquire pragmatic prominence. 4 The emphasis can be brought out by a cleft sentence: It will be like a moon in the sky (lit. that it will exist). nn th nw.f nw SsA(t) (C25224) After the previous dark picture, the prophet quickly reassures the Pharaoh that Re s punishment of mankind is limited in the sense that the sun will not completely disappear, or change its regular course. Even though it will look like the moon in the daytime, its nightly course will not be changed. The verb employed here is the intransitive use of thi go astray in negated subjunctive with subject nw.f nw SsAt lit. his time of nightfall. wnn is stwt.f m Hr m zpw imiw-hat (C25224) The grammar is identical to that in line 53 with the added particle is marking subordination to the previous sentence. It is an adverb clause that can be introduced by for. The compound (with the plural prepositional nisbe): imiw-hat (and with the determinative ) means ancestors, lit. those who are in the beginning. di.i n.k ta m sni-mn(t) This sentence is identical with one in line 38. sa a m nb a tw <r> nd xrt nd xrt In the next few passages the complete reversal of the social order is described using the pattern the undermost will be uppermost (Lichtheim). It starts with an adverbial sentence of identity using the contrasting noun phrases sa a weak of arm (a nfr Hr construction; lit. the broken of arm ) and nb a strong arm, lit. master/possessor/lord of arm. 4 Loprieno, loc. cit.
17 The word play with the phrase nd xrt that we met previously in line 2 hides its different forms, namely that the first is an infinitive (the object of the preposition r in a pseudo-verbal construction) and the second, a perfective active participle, lit. one is to pay respect to one who (once) paid respect. di.i n.k Xri r Hri pxr.ti m sa pxr Xt (C25224) As noted above, the prevailing structure in this part of the text: the undermost to (become) the overmost is spelled out here explicitly by means of the prepositional nisbes Xri lit. who is under and Hri who is above. They both function as nouns. In the second adverb clause the passive participle of the verb pxr turn with sa back figuratively suggests to conquer/vanquish, lit. the one who is turned on the back. In contrast, the second verb form of pxr is an active participle and Xt belly contrasts sa, lit. the one who turns the belly. anx.tw m Xr(i)-nTr Even though this is a single sentence, the contrast is still present. The Egyptians who strictly separated their place of living from the realm of the dead (usually on either side of the Nile) now live in the necropolis, cemetery expressed by the nisbe-construction Xri-nTr lit. the place where god is (with god in honorific transposition). iw Hwrw r irt ahaw wrwt r [DA] r xpr Contrasting pairs of clauses continue here with the comparison of Hwr poor, wretched and wr great. In the verb + object pair iri aha lit. make a heap/pile (of riches) the predicate is in an r + infinitive pseudo-verbal construction. The second clause has similar grammar but the predicate is missing in P1116B (as well as in two other ostraca). Helck inserts the verb DAi struggle/toil/rob (Kampf). The final r + infinitive construction r xpr to exist should be interpreted as to live/subsist. in SwAww wnm sn(w)-t bakw H(A)b-qAw
18 nn wn HqA(t)-aD r ta msxnt nt ntr nb (C25224) The grammar changes here as Neferti starts with two symmetrically arranged participial statements emphasizing the subjects SwAw (the) poor, and bakw servants. By construction, the verb forms wnm eat and H(A)b celebrate, triumph are active participles. The object is snw-t bread-offerings in which snw offerings (in a general sense) shares its determinative with the bread. In translation the emphasis can be brought out by cleft sentences: it is the poor who eat bread offerings, it is the servants who are jubilant (lit. feast exalted/high). In the next sentence, as discussed in line 24, nn wn X X will not exist contains the negated indicative/ perfective sdm.f of the verb wnn. The subject X is the Lower Egyptian 13 th nome that has already occurred in line 17 as the birthplace of Neferti. That this is sacred ground is spelled out in an unmarked relative clause with nominal predicate: birthplace msxnt of all the gods. msxnt is the usual word for birthplace (and also for bearing stool ) and adding the cobra at the end stands for the goddess of birth Mesekhnet. The negative construction here describes the complete destruction of this nome which in turn signifies the end of the Egyptian religion. nswt pw r iit n rsi IMNY maa xrw rn.f (C25224 and GČ102,6) za Hmt pw n ta-st ms pw n Xn(w)-nxn (C25224) iw.f r Szp HDt iw.f r wtz dsrt This passage marks a turning point of Neferti s prophecy. He predicts the coming of a new king, Ameny who is Amenemhat I 5, the founder of the 12 th Dynasty. The first clause is clearly an A pw nominal sentence with subject nswt king. The adverbial adjunct r iit n nsi can be viewed as a concise direct relative clause with pseudo-verbal predicate r iit lit. (who) is to come. (Normally this should be introduced by a particle with a suffix 5 For justification, see Posener, Littérature, pp. 47 ff.
19 pronoun (*iw.f r iit n rsi) but here these are omitted as the relative clause is close to the antecedent. 6 ) A closer inspection shows, however, that the A pw nominal sentence obtained this way: It is a king who does not reflect the real context here. Rather, one should realize that nswt is not only the subject but also the topic and the entire sentence is the predicate of pw. This should be reflected in the translation, lit. (What happens/it is that) a king is to come 7 The next two clauses both have A pw nominal structure (with pw in forward position). Note the contrast between collapse of religion in Lower Egypt in the north and the birth of the savior of Egypt in the south. The latter locality is further emphasized by the mother s land, ta-st, the southernmost part of Upper Egypt (usually including Nubia). Legitimacy to the throne is stressed by stating royal birth from Xn-nxn. The first part of this direct genitive usually means home, interior, and also (royal) residence, and the second part is the name of the 2 nd nome of Upper Egypt, Nekhen, one of the ancient birthplaces of royalties in Egypt. The last two direct relative clauses containing r + infinitive pseudo-verbal predicates with verbs Szp receive, accept and wtz lift up, display, wear and the objects (feminine adjectives used as nouns): HDt White Crown, lit. the white one (usually with the determinative ) and dsrt Red Crown, lit. the red one (with the determinative ) emphasize the united Egypt. iw.f r zma sxmti iw.f r shtp nbwi m mrwt.sn pxr-ihi m fxa(.f ) wsr m nwdt(.f ) The same grammar continues in the first two clauses. Neferti claims that Ameny will unite the Two Lands symbolized by sxmti The Two Powerful Ones. Being a feminine dual it refers to the protector goddesses Nekhbet nxbt (vulture in Upper Egypt) and Wadjet wadt (cobra in Lower Egypt). Note that the masculine dual sxmwi, as part of the name of the last king of the 2 nd Dynas- 6 Allen (15.10). 7 See the discussion in Entire clauses as predicate of pw; thetic statements in A. Loprieno, Ancient Egyptian, Cambridge University Press, 2000, pp
20 ty Khasekhemwy, usually refers to Horus and Seth. In the second clause the causative shtp please, satisfy is used and the two lords nbwi is yet another reference to Horus and Seth. The object of the preposition m is a perfect relative form of the verb mri desire, love, lit. (with) what they desire. The desire of Horus and Seth is of course the kingship of the united Egypt. The last two adverbial phrases depict the Pharaoh enacting a ritual dance in front of the gods with cult objects in his hands (as seen in temple walls). The first object is pxr-ihi, a late writing of pxr-aht field-(en)circler. The second is an oar wsr. 8 The nouns fxa and nwdt both mean grasp, grip and the latter is related to the 4ae-inf. verb nwdw (with the oil press determinative) squeeze out (oil). rsy r(m)t nt haw.f za n zi r irt rn.f r nhh Hna Dt This passage has easy grammar. One can only note that the imperative of verbs with weak ending such as rsi/rsw rejoice often receive y. In apposition nhh Hna Dt both nouns mean forever, the first emphasizing cyclical repetition and the second emphasizing the fixed unchanging nature of the eternity. 9 wayw r Dwt kay(w) zbiw sxr.n.sn rw.sn n sndw.f The long preposed subject wayw r Dwt kay(w) sbiw precedes the perfect of the causative verb sxr 8 According to Lichtheim, a field-(en)circler is an object that the king carries during his ritual dance before the gods. Helck (loc. cit., p. 51) writes that the field-encircler ( der Feldumkreiser ) refers to a -device ( Damit dürfte wohl das -Gerät gemeint sein. ) to measure perimeter, where (Aa5) stands for H(i)p or H(i)pt oar. He also translates the second gadget that the pharaoh carries as wsr, a steering device, probably a rudder. According to Parkinson (cf. The Tale of Sinuhe and other ancient Egyptian poems, B.C., Oxford University Press, 1999, p. 142), the field-encircler is a nautical steering equipment. There may be an interesting comparison of this passage of Neferti with register 3 of the Palermo Stone (in the Palermo fragment; see also this web site). Both texts mention the unification of the Two Lands of Egypt (here the union of the two powerful ones, i.e. Horus and Seth, and in the Palermo fragment, the two heraldic plants of Upper and Lower Egypt) and after this both mention encircling. As we saw, Neferti describes the pharaoh carrying the field-encircler and the Palermo Stone notes this as a festival going around the wall; a ritual performed by the new king as part of the coronation ceremony symbolically asserting the royal domain. 9 See Allen, Essay 9.
21 lower, lit. cause to fall and it is referenced by the suffix pronoun.sn. The object is rw.sn their speech/voices, and the attached adverbial phrase explains why: n sndw.f for fear of him. Note that sndw.f can not only mean his fear=fear of his but also fear of him. 10 The topicalized subject itself consists of two symmetrically arranged parts. They begin with the plural imperfective participles wayw and kayw of the verbs wa fall (r into ) and kai plan, plot. What they do is explained in the nouns: Dwt evil and zbiw rebellion. iw aamw r xr n Sat.f timh(i)w r xr n nswt.f The two grammatically identical adverb clauses (with the same pseudo-verbal predicate r xr are to fall ) predict Egypt s external enemies, the Asiatics aamw and the Lybians timhiw (plural of TmH) to be vanquished by the new king. The fate awaiting the enemies is expressed in the last two adverbial phrases containing Sat slaughter, terror and nswt flame. iw sbiw n dndn.f XAkw-ib n SfSfywt.f (C25224) Egypt s internal enemies fare no better. With continuing grammar (and omitted pseudo-verbal predicate r xr) the rebels sbiw and the traitors XAkw-ib (lit. one who is truncated of heart, and Egyptian idiom) will fall to the pharaoh s dndn anger, wrath and SfSfwt awe, respect, might (Lichtheim). Curiously, P1116B has counsel instead of dndn. in place of the preposition n and ndnd advice, iw arat imt xnt.f Hr shrt n.f XAkw-ib (C25224) The particle iw introduces the main clause with pseudo-verbal predicate Hr + infinitive. The subject arat imt xnt.f lit. the uraeus which is in his front contains a variant writing of iart and the somewhat complicated adverbial phrase can be simplified as: on his brow. 10 Gardiner ( 35.3, Obs.)
22 A similar construction is on the Poetical Stela of Thutmose III: Axt.i imt tp.k sswn.s st. The verbal predicate is the causative shri make peace, pacify. tw r qd inbw-hqa nn rdit hay Aamw r kmt Throughout the corpus of Middle Egyptian literature, this is one of the few places where the famous (yet undiscovered) Walls-of-the-Ruler is mentioned. (It also appears in the Story of Sinuhe at the hero s night flight from Egypt.) The purpose is detailed it the second circumstantial clause (of purpose). It contains a rdi + subjunctive sdm.f construction using the verb hai enter. The subjunctive is further signified by the y ending which is typical for verbs with weak endings. The initial verb rdi is in negated infinitive. dbh.sn mw mi sxr ssaw (C25224) r rdit swri awt.sn The theme of this passage is to contrast the sentence awt xast r swr Hr itrw nw kmt in line 36. The begging foreigners are described in great detail. The predicate dbh beg is subjunctive sdm.f and their humbleness is given by the phrase mi sxr ssaw lit. like the manner of a beggar. Note that sxr manner is written in plural strokes even though English requires singular. The noun ssaw is derived from the verb ssa pray, beseech; in P1116B it is written as:. iw maat r iit r st.s izft dr.ti r rwti In a general statement Neferti concludes that maat order and justice and izft 11 disorder and injustice will go to their right places in a pseudo-verbal predicate and a subject-stative construc- 11 Allen, Essay 10.
page(s) Contents v-viii Figures & tables ix Sources cited x-xxvi Abbreviations & Introduction 1 The Egyptian language 33-36 2 The writing System: its principles 36-40 3 One-consonant signs as phonograms,
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