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The Semna Inscription of the viceroy Merimose


The Semna Inscription of the viceroy Merimose

............. occurred the reaping of the harvest of the [foe] of Ibhet. Every man [reported] and one mustered [an army of] Pharaoh, L.H.P., which was under command of this king's son. He made troops, commanded by commanders, each man with his village; from the fortress of Beki to the fortress of Taroy, making 52 iters of sailing.


The might of Nibmatre took them in one day, in one hour, making a great slaughter ............. their cattle; not one of them escaped; each one of them was brought ... ... ... ... fear. The might of Amenhotep took them; the barbarians among them, male as well as female, were not separated; by the plan of Horus, Lord of the Two Lands, King Nibmatre, mighty bull, strong in might. Ibhet had been haughty, great things were in their hearts, (but) the fierce-eyed lion, this ruler, he slew them by command of Amon-Atum, his august father; it was he who led him in might and victory.

List of the captivity which his majesty took in the land of Ibhet, the wretched:

Living negroes 150 heads
Archers 110 heads
Negresses 250 heads
Servants of the negroes 55 heads
Their children 175 heads
Total 740 living heads
Hands thereof 312
United with the living heads 1052

The king's son, vigilant for his lord, favorite of the Good God, governor of the entire land of Kush, king's scribe, Mermose. He saith: "Praise to thee! O Good God! Great is thy might against him that confronts thee; thou causest them that are rebellious against thee to say: 'The fire that we have made rages against us.' Thou hast slain all thy enemies, overthrown beneath thy feet.

" Sources: James Henry Breasted Ancient Records of Egypt, PartTwo, 852ff

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