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Religious and historical implications

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The speech ending to the Dedicatory Inscription, presented by two forms (simple narrative plus final short hymnic eulogy), acts as a well-formed and pertinent coda to the entire inscription. The first, that of Ramesses, has the shorter arrangement in which Seti is awoken and soon placed in heaven. The second address, that of the father, is more specific as we learn of his movements and actions in the entire universe. The accompanying two scenes on the south and north of the rear of the second court were carved to complement the written composition of the Dedicatory Inscription. The dating of the raised reliefs in Setis Stairway Corridor needs more careful analysis in light of Rondots study of the architraves in the Hypostyle Court at Karnak. Lacking is additional material that could buttress a reasonable working hypothesis concerning these early years of Ramesses as sole Pharaoh.

Keywords: Dedicatory Inscription; Hypostyle Court; Ramesses; Seti



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