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Author: Ali Radwan   |   Pages: 567–578


 

Abstract

It is an attempt to discuss once more the unique scene on the stela JE 40720, which shows a Ptolemaic monarch (most probably Ptolemy XV, Caesar) who is offering in front of a naoslike shrine (with a king’s bust inside) and the god Suchos (Sobek). For G. Lefèbvre, who had discovered this stela in Krokodilopolis/Arsinoe, it is the son (Ptolemy XV) who is worshipping his dead father (Julius Caesar), while the important god Suchos is present and worshipped as well. For H. Henein, who is rejecting this interpretation of Lefèbvre, the royal bust on this Arsinoe-stela is simply another form of the appearance of the crocodile – god Suchos himself, who is depicted this time as Nepheros or Pnepheros (i.e. ‘the one who is kindly of face’). As for our own opinion this enshrined cult bust has in the first place to represent the divine kingship, and in the second place it could be easily linked with Pramarres (Amenehat III), whose deification was well-known in the lake-region of the Fayum during the whole Ptolemaic Period. Thus, we are definitely not inclined to identify the king’s bust either with Julius Caesar or even Pnepheros (esp. as a different manifestation of Suchos!).

 

 

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