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Author: Adam Łukaszewicz   |   Pages: 447–451



Roman emperors are attested in Egypt not only in Greek and Latin but also in hieroglyphic inscriptions. The case of the emperor Lucius Aurelius Verus (AD 161–169), a co-regent of Marcus Aurelius, is particular, since his name very rarely appears in Egyptian inscriptions. However, the cartouches containing the name of Verus occur at Philae and Kom Ombo, producing a version in which the tria nomina of the Roman ruler are written in a hieroglyphic transcription. In this paper the variants of these names are discussed. The hieroglyphic forms of Lucius and Aurelius reflect the contemporary spelling of the Greek version of the names in the period under discussion. Further remarks of the author concern the etymology of the Roman name Lucius and the similitude of the Egyptian rendering of this name to the appellation of a sea people of the New Kingdom, the Luka. The writer suggests a possibility of an actual etymological connection of the Roman name Lucius with similar toponyms, being perhaps traces of the passage of the people of Luka.



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