Ptolemy II

Also known as: Ptolemaios Philadelphos Ptolemaic Dynasty


Reign of Ptolemy II
285–246

 

The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Horus name
Horus name of Ptolemy II: Hunu qeni
Hunu qeni
ḥwnw-ḳni
The brave youth
H-wn:n-nw:W-A17-q*W*nw:D40
Qus monolith
Champollion, Monuments de l'Égypte et de la Nubie, notices descriptives, II, 293-4
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), IV, 7g; Text IV 257-8
Horus name variant A
Horus name (variant A) of Ptolemy II: Hunu qeni
Hunu qeni
ḥwnw-ẖni
The brave youth
H-wn:W*nw-A17-q*nw:D40
Temple of Isis, Philae (room K 51)
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), IV, 7c; Text IV, 160
Horus name variant B
Horus name (variant B) of Ptolemy II: Hunu qeni
Hunu qeni
ḥwnw-ẖni
The brave youth
H-wn:n-A17-q:nw-Z9^^^D40
Naville, The store-city of Pithom, plate 9:1
Urkunden des Ägyptische Alterthums, II, 84:6
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 234-235, 2:H
Horus name variant C
Horus name (variant C) of Ptolemy II: Hunu qeni
Hunu qeni
ḥwnw-ẖni
The brave youth
H-wn:n-nw:W-A17-q:nw-Z9^^^D40
Mariette, Monument divers recueillis en Égypte et en Nubie (1872), II, pl. 45
Horus name variant D
Horus name (variant D) of Ptolemy II: Hunu qeni
Hunu qeni
ḥwnw-ẖni
The brave youth
H-wn:n-nw:W-A17-q*1:n:Z9^^^D40
Brugsch, Thesaurus Inscriptionum Aegyptiacarum (1884), IV, 630
Nebty name
Nebty name of Ptolemy II: Wer pehty
Wer pehty
wr-pḥti
Great of strength
wr:r-F9:F9
Temple of Isis, Philae (room K 51)
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), IV, 7c; Text IV, 160
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 234-235, 2:N
Nebty name variant
Nebty name of Ptolemy II: Wer pehty
Wer pehty
wr-pḥti
Great of strength
wr:r-F9*F9:D40
Qus monolith
Champollion, Monuments de l'Égypte et de la Nubie, notices descriptives, II, 293-4
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), IV, 7g; Text IV 257-8
Golden Horus name
Golden Horus name of Ptolemy II: Sekha en su itef
Sekha en su itef
šḫꜤi-n-sw it.f
Whose father enthroned him
s-xa:a-n:z:t:f
Qus monolith
Champollion, Monuments de l'Égypte et de la Nubie, notices descriptives, II, 293-4
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), IV, 7g; Text IV 257-8
Golden Horus name variant A
Golden Horus name (variant A) of Ptolemy II: Sekhaen su itef
Sekhaen su itef
sḫꜤi-sw it.f
Whose father enthroned him
z:xa:z-t:f:f
Temple of Isis, Philae (room K 51)
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), IV, 7c; Text IV, 160
Golden Horus name variant B
Golden Horus name (variant B) of Ptolemy II: Sekhaen su itef
Sekhaen su itef
sḫꜤi-sw it.f
Whose father enthroned him
s-xa:a:n:z-i-t:f:Z1:f
Brugsch, Thesaurus Inscriptionum Aegyptiacarum (1884), IV, 630
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 234-235, 2:G
Golden Horus name variant C
Golden Horus name (variant C) of Ptolemy II: Sekhaen su itef
Sekhaen su itef
sḫꜤi-sw it.f
Whose father enthroned him
z:xa:a:n-i-z:t:f:Z1:f
Naville, The store-city of Pithom, plate 9:1
Throne name
Throne name of Ptolemy II: User ka Ra, mery Amun
User ka Ra, mery Amun
wsr-kꜢ-rꜤ mri-imn
The strong one of the ka of Ra, beloved of Amun
ra-wsr-kA:Z1-i-mn:n:N36
Qus monolith
Champollion, Monuments de l'Égypte et de la Nubie, notices descriptives, II, 293-4
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), IV, 7g; Text IV 257-8
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 234-235, 2:T3
Throne name variant
Throne name of Ptolemy II: User ka Ra, mery Amun
User ka Ra, mery Amun
wsr-kꜢ-rꜤ mri-imn
The strong one of the ka of Ra, beloved of Amun
C2A\-C12A-N36-wsr-kA:1
Temple of Isis, Philae (room K 51)
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), IV, 7c; Text IV, 160
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 234-235, 2:T2
Throne name variant
Throne name of Ptolemy II: User ka Ra, mery Amun
User ka Ra, mery Amun
wsr-kꜢ-rꜤ mri-imn
The strong one of the ka of Ra, beloved of Amun
kA-wsr-C12A\-C2A-mr
Temple of Isis, Philae (room K 43)
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), IV, 7b; Text IV, 159
Birth name variant
Birth name of Ptolemy II: User ka Ra, mery Amun
User ka Ra, mery Amun
wsr-kꜢ-rꜤ mri-imn
The strong one of the ka of Ra, beloved of Amun
i-mn:n:N36-wsr-ra:kA
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 234-235, 2:T4
Birth name
Birth name of Ptolemy II: Ptolemys
Ptolemys
ptwlmis
Ptolemaios
p:t-wA-l:M-i-i-s
Passim
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), IV, 8
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 234-235, 2:E

The sources of antiquity

From the writings of the historians and scholars of antiquity

GreekTransliterationTranscription
Πτολεμαιος Φιλαδελφος Ptolemaios Philadelphos Ptolemy Philadelphus

Bibliography


Handbuch der Ägyptischen Königsnamen, MÄS 49 (1999): 234–235
Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 20 (1915): 222–245
The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (Atlanta, 2013), 178–179

 

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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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