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Record of Bird Mummy Production by a Society (2) (78 BCE) Omboi - Upper Egypt


Omboi (Upper Egypt, Egypt — Pleiades map), 78 BCE (March 18)
SB III 6028 = OJoachim 2 = TM 5646  = ID# 20912


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Ostrakon (reused piece of red pottery; 13 x 16 cm). Now in the Strasbourg Institut d'Égyptologie. For discussion of this society of sacred bird embalmers (mummifiers), see Sottas 1921.

In the 3rd year on the 8th of Phamenouth.   Mummification of ibises and falcons and other preparations of sacred living things, in the presence of Pelaias, “cousin,” military commander (stratēgos), and governor (nomarchēs) of Ombites district (nome) and of Pakebkis the superintendent of the temple; in the midst of Hermias son of Kallias and priest of Thoth (i.e. also superintendent of the ibises) who is also in charge of the revenues, the royal secretary’s office, and the other departments; of Kallias son of Porenbekis; and, Kallias son of Hermias the leader of the society (archithiasitēs) and all those from the synod (synodos) of Hermaios, of the restoration . . . (remainder lost).

ταφῆς ἰβῶν {ἰβίων } καὶ ἱεράκων καὶ τὴν {τῆς} | ἀλλην { ἄλλης} ἐπιμεληαν {ἐπιμελείας} τῶν ἱερῶν | ζών {ζώων}, ἐπὶ Πελαίου συγγενου {συγγενοῦς} καὶ || στρατηγον {στρατηγοῦ} <καὶ> νομαρχη {νομάρχου} τοῦ Ὀμβίτου | καὶ Πακήβκιος ἐπιστάτου τοῦ ἱεροῦ, | διʼ Ἑρμίου τοῦ Καλλίου <καὶ> πορθώτης | καὶ ἐπὶ τῶν προσόδων καὶ βασιλικ(ῆς) | γραμματήας {γραμματείας} καὶ τῶν ἄλλων || εἰδῶν καὶ Καλλίου Πορενβήκ(ιος) | καὶ Καλλίου Ἑρμίου ἀρχιθιασιτης {ἀρχιθιασίτου} | καὶ τουε {τῶν} ἐκ <τῆς> τοῦ Ἑρμαίου συνόδου | παντας {πάντων} ἀποκαταστάσεως | Α

Translation by: Harland



ἔτους γ, Φαμενὼυθ η. | ταφῆς ἰβῶν {ἰβίων } καὶ ἱεράκων καὶ τὴν {τῆς} | ἀλλην { ἄλλης} ἐπιμεληαν {ἐπιμελείας} τῶν ἱερῶν | ζών {ζώων}, ἐπὶ Πελαίου συγγενου {συγγενοῦς} καὶ || στρατηγον {στρατηγοῦ} <καὶ> νομαρχη {νομάρχου} τοῦ Ὀμβίτου | καὶ Πακήβκιος ἐπιστάτου τοῦ ἱεροῦ, | διʼ Ἑρμίου τοῦ Καλλίου <καὶ> πορθώτης | καὶ ἐπὶ τῶν προσόδων καὶ βασιλικ(ῆς) | γραμματήας {γραμματείας} καὶ τῶν ἄλλων || εἰδῶν καὶ Καλλίου Πορενβήκ(ιος) | καὶ Καλλίου Ἑρμίου ἀρχιθιασιτης {ἀρχιθιασίτου} | καὶ τουε {τῶν} ἐκ <τῆς> τοῦ Ἑρμαίου συνόδου | παντας {πάντων} ἀποκαταστάσεως | ἄ. .

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Item modified: January 22, 2016
ID number: 20912
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