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The Text: Translation and detailed analysis

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The beginning of the Dedicatory Inscription, narrowly speaking, does not present a major break from earlier Königsnovelle inscriptions. The mention of Wenennefer and Onuris, both deities worshiped in the Eighth Upper Egyptian Nome, should not cause any surprise. The Dedicatory Inscription takes pains to indicate the early career of Ramesses and his crowning is explicitly written. The kernel of the historical retrospective of Ramesses thus abandons its earlier literary arrangements and instead moves to a narrative in which the historical import of the account is paramount. Interestingly, when one turns to the New Kingdom sun hymns the verbal quality of expression is the mainstay of the dramatic presentation. The transfiguration concept is clear, but there is also the characteristic of generalized expressions to take into account. The effectiveness of the translation is limited by the sharp and condensed nature of this transitional passage.

Keywords: Dedicatory Inscription; Königsnovelle; kernel; New Kingdom; Ramesses; translation

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