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Writing, Violence, and the MilitaryImages of Literacy in Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt (1550-1295 BCE)$
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Niv Allon

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198841623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198841623.001.0001

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Palette and Crown

Palette and Crown

Constructing Haremhab’s Royal Literacy

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(p.133) 4 Palette and Crown
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Writing, Violence, and the Military
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Niv Allon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198841623.003.0005

The fourth chapter accompanies Haremhab as he ascends the throne, exploring his representation of literacy in the final stage of his career. Like most other kings, Haremhab avoids representing himself reading or writing visually. Textually, however, he refers to literacy and writing in a number of sources, which this chapter closely studies: his Coronation Text, an inscription in his temple in Gebel el-Silsila, and his code of laws. While other kings define literacy as relating to history and the cosmos, his new royal representation emphasizes accounting and literacy’s close relationship with the military. In his inscriptions, therefore, Haremhab continues to employ notions of literacy which were common in his pre-royal art.

Keywords:   kingship, royal literacy, military, Gebel Silsila, stela, Cairo Museum CG 34183, Museo Egizio Turin 1379

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