Engravings of Famous Warrior Pharaoh Found in Ancient Temple

CAIRO, Oct. 5 ( SEE) – Speculation were put forward by media reports yesterday that stone engravings found in a temple in southern Egypt could uncover new information about a pharaoh named Seti I, who launched a series of military campaigns in North Africa and the Middle East after he became pharaoh in about 1289 or 1288 B.C..

‘Live Science’ quoted Egyptologists that the inscriptions which were released by ministry of antiques days ago have both drawings and hieroglyphs on them and one of the inscriptions mentions an elite general in King Tut’s army.

Archaeologists with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities discovered the inscriptions while conducting a groundwater-lowering project in Aswan; they found them inside Kom Ombo, a temple dedicated to the god Horus and a crocodile-headed god named Sobek. The temple dates back 2,300 years; the inscriptions may have originally been in an earlier temple, now lost, at Kom Ombo that was located on the same spot as the later temple.

In another inscription discovered at Kom Ombo, Seti I is shown worshiping the gods Horus and a crocodile-headed god named Sobek, according to Egyptologist Peter Brand.

“This is an exciting discovery and may be historically important,” said Peter Brand, a professor of ancient history at the University of Memphis in Tennessee.

One of the inscriptions, which still has yellow paint on it despite the passage of 3,300 years of time, shows Seti I, with images of the king worshiping Sobek and Horus, appearing to date to early in Seti I’s reign.

“This inscription proves that the double cult of these two gods [Horus and Sobek] was already established at Kom Ombo in the 19th Dynasty of the New Kingdom period, more than 1,000 years before the later temple was built,” Brand said.

Seti I came from a family of military generals, and after he became a pharaoh, he launched military campaigns to conquer Libya, Canaan, Syria and Nubia.

Another much larger inscription also appears to be in the name of Seti I. this one mentions Horemheb, who was a pharaoh until around 1293 B.C.

Horemheb was in fact the highest general in King Tut’s army during Tut’s reign. He became a king by marrying into the royal family, and being a head of the army probably also didn’t ruin his chances of becoming a pharaoh, either, Ronald Leprohon, professor of Egyptology at the University of Toronto, told Live Science.

Why exactly Horemheb is mentioned in an inscription written in the name of Seti I is unclear. The inscription may be “about completing some kind of building work begun by Horemheb and left unfinished at his death”.

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