Thursday, May 14, 2015

I found a translation of the Obelisk Antinoi that I've never seen before

And, oddly, its faces are all twisted around from how PSVL and the Ecclesia Antinoi list them . . . Curious.

I found it at

"North Side, Pyramidion,

Ra or the Sun hawk-headed seated on a throne having before him a jar and
water-plants. Before him stands the Emperor Hadrian offering Truth (a figure
of) on a pedestal. The inscriptions are, " Says Harmachis [Ra] I gire thee all
life and healA for ever." Hadrian says, ^ Said by the son of the Sun Hadrianus
the ever4iving I give thee glory which thy heart loves."

The first line on this side reads,

** A made the Osirian (deceased) Antinous the justified his heart reign-
ing in the two great horizons he depicted his name by his own form alone, he
walks alive, he sees the solar disk, he goes saying Oh Sun Har-Khuti ^ over the
gods, listening to the prayers of gods, m^i, spirits, (and) dead. Thou hearest
prayers, thou hast returned a recompense to those which made to thee thy be-
loved son the king of Southern and Northern Egypt having honour in the midst
of the lands and places, pleased are all districts of them at the lord of the world
the beloved of the Nile and the gods the Lord of Diadems Hadrianus the
Pharaoh the ever-living."

The second line,

" The chief of the South and North, being the great lord of every country, the
ruler of the tributaries of Egypt, Libya being entirely subdued under his sandals,
likewise the captives of the two lauds they were submissive at his feet daily. He
reaches everywhere, he brought the tributes of this world out of its four quarters.
Bulls and their numerous cows multiply their produce for him making him to
rejoice with the great royal lady loving him the ruler of the countries, Sabina of
life and health established, Augusta the ever-living. Hail father of the gods pro-
ducing the horizons of the earth for them, making the celestial waters for them
to drink at the time."

East Side, Pyramidion,

The god Thoth ibis-headed wearing on his head the moon seated on a throne
giving life and health, having an altar placed before him bearing cakes and vases
before which stands Antinous wearing the head-dress of Socharis offering vase and
holding an emblem of life. Thoth says "I give thee festivals of hundreds of
thousands of years." (The speech of Antinous is indistinct.)

The first line on this side reads,

*' The Osirian Antinous was a youth making to celebrate his memorials ....
his heart triumphant letting fall the arms he received the commands of the gods
as it were his joy, renewed were all the forms in him of each of the gods, and all
his actions for unknown is the (extent) of the circulation of his name in the whole
earth for exploring the men and adjusting speech. Never was done like by
those who were before, daily his altars, his tonples, his titles upon them. He
breathed the breath of life, he was esteemed in the hearts of men (Thoth) the
lord of Hermopolis, lord of the divine words, made his soul young like the

• Ungarelli Int. Ob. Tab. vi *» Form of Harmachis

2Q Barberini Obelisk.

Second line,

" In their time night and day constantly. He was beloved in the hearts of
youths he came in all . . . his praises to intelligent beings making him go to his
place in the temples, amongst the followers, and wise spirits who are in the power
of Osiris iti the land of the Hades divine for ever. They made hiiA justified,
they set up his words in the whole earth they delighted in him, he went where-
ever he liked. The doorkeepers of the regions of Hades said to him, Glory to
thee • they drew their bolts they opened their doors before him m the course of
every day, his time of existence was not cut short."

South side. Pyramidion.

The god Amen Ra under his usual attributes seated on a throne holding
a notched palm-branch terminating in a tadpole emblem of iOo,oco of ypars,
before him an altar of cakes and jars and Antinous standing wearing the head
attire of Socharis offering a symbolic eye. The god says " I give thee thy titles."

First line.
"The Osirian Antinous is justified as a spirit « having rested within his city of
Aann devoted is its name to his name by the multitudes who are in this land,
and the crews rowing (boats) in the whole country and all the persons likewise
who are at the place possessed by the god Thoth. We give (they say) an orna-
ment and crowns of flowers to his head very often and additional things to his
shrine, he has been given the peace offering of a god before him m the course

of every day."

Second line.

«' He has been adored by workmen of Thoth by whose spirits he goes to in . . ,
his temples of the whole country to hear the requests addressed to him to remedy
that which was unsound •* watching over what he has done working for beings he
has made the transformation of his heart being transformed a god engendered
.... the belly of his mother completed through his birth . . . ."

West side. Pyramidion.

The scene is incomplete the figure of the god being wanting but there remains

the notched palm-branch and tadpole which he has held in his hand, the altar

and the figure of Antinous.

First line.

♦* Spiritualized as a spirit at rest within the limits of the countries of the
powerful lady Hruma (Rome) he has been recognised as a god in the divine
places of Egypt which have been founded for him he has been adored as a god
by the prophets and priests of the South and North of Egypt, likewise they gave
the title of a city to his name proclaiming him to be highly honoured of the
Greeks of Ra and Set who are in the temples of Egypt they offered."

Second line.
" Their towns and territories to make good their life .... great opening the
temple of this god, which was t<t his name for the Osirian (deceased) Antinous
the justified, built of good white stone sphinxes round it, and figures and numer-
ous columns, as were made to ancestors in time past so did the Greeks also to
every god and goddess who give the breath of life, for he has breathed again
renewed with youth."

« Or fUiam^ divum^ " divine," "being as divine."
^ Alluding to miraculous cures. "

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