Djedkara Isesi

Also known as: Djedkare Isesi Dynasty V

Djedkara Isesi is present on all four king lists of the New Kingdom, albeit with different names on each. They are, in chronological order: Karnak (5) has Issi, Abydos (32) has Djedkara, the Turin papyrus (4.24) has Djedu, and Saqqara (28) has Maatkara. The discrepancies are likely due to errors by the Ramesside scribes. He is also present on Manetho's king list as Tankheres which is the Greek transcription of Djedkara.

Reign of Djedkara Isesi
AE Chronology2365–2322
von Beckerath2380–2342
Shaw2414–2375
Dodson2340–2312
Allen2381–2353
Malek2369–2341
Redford2436–2404
Turin Canon28 years
Manetho (Africanus)44 years

 

The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Horus name
Horus name of Djedkara Isesi: Djed khau
Djed khau
ḏd-ḫꜤw
Enduring of appearances
Dd-xa-w
Bissing, Das Re-Heiligtum des Königs Ne-Woser-Re (Rathures), I, 158, fig. 131
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 60-61, 8:H
Nebty name
Nebty name of Djedkara Isesi: Djed khau
Djed khau
ḏd-ḫꜤw
Enduring of appearances (by means of) the Two Ladies
Dd-xa-w
Bissing, Das Re-Heiligtum des Königs Ne-Woser-Re (Rathures), I, 158, fig. 131
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 60-61, 8:N
Golden Horus name
Golden Horus name of Djedkara Isesi: Bik nebu djed
Bik nebu djed
bik-nbw-ḏd
The enduring golden falcon
Dd*G5:nbw
Bissing, Das Re-Heiligtum des Königs Ne-Woser-Re (Rathures), I, 158, fig. 131
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 60-61, 8:G
Throne name
Throne name of Djedkara Isesi: Djed ka Ra
Djed ka Ra
ḏd-kꜢ-rꜤ
The soul of Ra is enduring
ra-Dd-kA
Abydos king list 32
Saqqara pyramid Tomb 17
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), II, 65/67
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 60-61, 8:T1
Throne name variant
Throne name of Djedkara Isesi: Djedu
Djedu
ḏdw
Dd-Dd
Royal Canon of Turin 4.24
Gardiner, The Royal Canon of Turin (1959), III:24
Throne name variant
Throne name of Djedkara Isesi: Djed ka Hor
Djed ka Hor
ḏd-kꜢ-ḥr
The soul of Horus is enduring
G5-Dd-kA
Adams, Ancient Nekhen, 126
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 60-61, 8:T2
Throne name variant
Throne name of Djedkara Isesi: Maat ka Ra
Maat ka Ra
mꜢꜤt-kꜢ-rꜤ
The soul of Ra is justified
N5-H6-D28
Saqqara king list 28
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 60-61, 8:T3
Birth name
Birth name of Djedkara Isesi: Isesi*
Isesi*
issi
i-s-s-i
Papyrus Prisse
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 60-61, 8:E2
Birth name variant
Birth name of Djedkara Isesi: Isesi
Isesi
issi
i-z:z-i
Saqqara pyramid Tomb 17
Tomb of Seshemnefer IV (LG 53)
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), II, 67 & 80
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 60-61, 8:E1
Birth name variant
Birth name of Djedkara Isesi: Isesi*
Isesi*
iss
M17-Y1v-S29-S29
Karnak king list 5
CFEETK KIU 6079:13
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 60-61, 8:E3

The sources of antiquity

From the writings of the historians and scholars of antiquity

AuthorGreekTransliterationTranscriptionReign
Africanus v, 8 Τανχερης Tankheres Tancheres 44 years

Bibliography


Handbuch der Ägyptischen Königsnamen, MÄS 49 (1999): 60–61
The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC (London, 2008), 83–85
Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 17 (1907): 133–138
The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (Atlanta, 2013), 40

 

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The Royal titulary

The full titulary was announced at the coronation, when a pharaoh officially became king.

Horus
Horus name
The oldest form of a pharaoh's name, often enclosed in a serekh, a sort of "heraldic crest" representing a palace facade.

Nebty
Nebty name
The "Two Ladies", the heraldic goddesses Nekhbet and Wadjet, representing Upper and Lower Egypt respectively.

Golden Horus
Golden Horus name
Gold was strongly associated with eternity, but the meaning of this title is disputed.

Prenomen
Throne name
(prenomen) Announced at the coronation, and written in a cartouche.

Nomen
Personal name
(nomen) The name given at birth, also written in a cartouche.

Kinglists
Ancient historians

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