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Ankh-Hapy stele

The stele in the Museo Gregoriano Egizio (Gregorian Egyptian Museum, in the Vatican Museums)

The Ankh-Hapy stele is an Egyptian-Aramaic stele dated to 525–404 BCE. It was first published in a letter from François Lenormant to Ernest Renan in the Journal asiatique; Lenormant had noticed the stele in the Vatican collections and had brought a cast from Rome in 1860. Lenormant considered the stele to be reminiscent of the Carpentras Stele.[1]

The inscription was considered to be Aramaic, on the basis that it used the same style of writing and dialect as the Carpentras stele, the Turin papyri, the Blacas papyri and an Aramaic papyrus in the Louvre.[2]

The Aramaic inscription is known as KAI 272, CIS II 142 and TAD C20.6.


  1. ^ Lettre à M. Ernest Renan sur une stèle araméo-égyptienne encore inédite, Journal Asiatique, 1867, volume X, page 511
  2. ^ Lettre à M. Ernest Renan sur une stèle araméo-égyptienne encore inédite, Journal Asiatique, 1867, volume X, page 512: "Il est pourtant facile de la recon naître du premier coup d'œilpour araméenne, tracée avec les mêmes caractères et dans le même dialecte que l'ins cription de lastèle de Carpentras et les papyrus araméo égyptiens du musée de Turin, de la collection Blacas (actuellement au musée Britannique) et du musée du Louvre." Lenormant referenced:
    • Turin: Raoul Rochette, Journal asiatique, 1° série, t. V, p. 20; Beer, Inscriptiones et papyri veteres semitici, pl. I; Gesenius, Monumenta phœnicia, pl. XXX
    • Blacas: (1) Lanci, La sacra Scrittura illustrata con monumenti fenico-assyri ed egiziani. Rome, 1827; (2) Beer, Inscriptiones et papyri veteres semitici, pl. II et III; (3) Gesenius, Monumenta phœnicia, pl. XXXI et XXXII
    • Louvre: Bargès, Papyrus égypto-araméen appartenant au Musée égyptien du Louvre. Paris, 1862 , in-4°
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