The Abusir decrees of King Djedkare and the scribes of the royal chancery Cover Image

Abúsírská nařízení krále Džedkarea a písaři královské kanceláře
The Abusir decrees of King Djedkare and the scribes of the royal chancery

Author(s): Hana Vymazalová
Subject(s): History, Ancient World
Published by: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Filozofická fakulta, Vydavatelství
Keywords: Abusir; Fifth Dynasty; papyrus archive; Djedkare; decree; scribe;

Summary/Abstract: The Abusir papyrus archives are among the most important discoveries achieved by the Czech Institute of Egyptology FA CU during its six decades of exploration of the necropolis. A small part of these archives is comprised of royal decrees, issued mostly by King Djedkare in the late Fifth Dynasty, which granted access to offerings to named individuals. It is not entirely clear whether these offerings were intended for the cults of deceased officials or for the attendants of the pyramid complex and the king’s funerary cult. The long rule of King Djedkare allows us, however, to discuss the royal scribes who may have been involved in writing these documents in the royal chancery. The titles of Djedkare’s high dignitaries indicate a close connection to the king’s documents and decrees, but the individual scribes who wrote down his decisions can hardly be identified today

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 22
  • Page Range: 95-105
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Czech