Djedkara Shemai

Also known as: Djedkare Shemay Dynasty VIII

Djedkara Shemai is found on the Abydos king list number 44, while the Turin papyrus has a notation of a lacuna where the name would have been found.

Reign of Djedkara Shemai
Not available or unknown

 

The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Throne + Birth name
Throne + Birth name of Djedkara Shemai: Djed ka Ra Shemai*
Djed ka Ra Shemai*
ḏd-kꜢ-rꜤ-šmꜢi
The enduring one of the ka of Ra, the nomad
ra-Dd-kA-U4-A33
Abydos king list 44
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 66-67, 5:T+E

Bibliography


Handbuch der Ägyptischen Königsnamen, MÄS 49 (1999): 66–67
The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC (London, 2008), 86
Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 17 (1907): 184
The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (Atlanta, 2013), 45

 

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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.

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