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Bibil Identifier bibil:209222
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Eleventh Dynasty Royal Inscription from Deir el-Ballas
Author Darnell, John Coleman
Journal Revue d'Égyptologie (Volume: 59)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 81-110 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Although known for over a century and often cited in Egyptological literature, the fragmentary royal inscription from Deir el-Ballas — apparently dating to the reign of Monthuhotep II — has remained poorly understood. A new examination of the text in combination with contemporary inscriptions reveals a unified military and economic manifesto stressing the political importance of the Theban state. The Ballas inscription contains no definite reference to any locality north of the Thebaid and is most concerned with the economic integration of lower Nubia and the oasis regions of the Western Desert, in combination with the exploitation of resources in the Eastern Desert. The text also appears to refer to a royal domain that may presage later economic integration of a royal cult into temple ritual and the creation of the Theban festival cycle.
DOI 10.2143/RE.59.0.2036286
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : History and Civilization : First Intermediary Period (7th-11th Dynasties)
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