Domitian's Cartouche Discovered

Richard Stanley

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As with the Julio-Claudian pharaohs [sic], the cartouches of Domitian, Hadrian, and Antoninus Pius have recently been discovered.

ASWAN, EGYPT—Ahram Online reports that the students of the Egyptian Excavation Field School have uncovered a second-century temple at the Kom Al-Rasras archaeological site. Cartouches of the Roman emperors Domitian, Hadrian, and Antonius Pius have been found engraved in its sandstone blocks. The temple, called “Khenu” in hieroglyphics, was made up of a three-chambered sanctuary, which led to a cross-sectional hall, and a second hall with a sandstone ramp. Stones engraved with stars that may have been part of the temple’s ceiling were found inside its walls. “The discovered site might be connected to [the quarries of the] Gebel el-Silsila area and the temple was most probably a part of the residential area of the quarry workers,” said Ayman Ashmawy of Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities. The excavators will continue to search for the residential area of the el-Silsila quarries.

Of course, there were no pharaohs, as this word was only an invention for the creation of the Septuagent. Otherwise, we would just call them Egyptian 'kings' today, like most other royals. But, as I have discussed before, the Roman emperors made themselves official kings of Egypt.