Re: Hatshepsut's accession
Sun Mar 1, 2009 23:51 (XFF:

'I don't know where to begin with my response.
I don't like evidence bashing. I prefer to read the inscriptions and evidence as it written."

Don't you mean as translated?

"You say that Twosret and Siptah are mentioned in Manetho but are assigned the wrong genders. This is a common and shameful example of bashing."

So you don't think that "Thouris" is anything like "Tawosret"? Actually, Thouris is Egyptian "Taweret". Close enough, it seems to me.

" You pick a bit of evidence and change it to suit your needs! You are not the first to do that. I know Gardiner did so over 50 years ago."

This is nothing but childish petulance on your part. least you place me in illustrious company.

"This sort of thing has been done too many times. Even on this forum, the dates of Manetho have been 'corrected' to fit the theories."

Or perhaps rather the archaeological evidence. But, of course, in your eyes it counts for nothing.

" The primary assumptions is that if Manetho does not seem to fit a modern chronological construct Manetho is wrong, not the modern idea."

No, sir. For example, were it not for Egyptology, you would never know about Seti II, because Manetho doesn't even mention him. Nor, I remind you, does he supply the names of the rulers of the 20th Dynasty.

"If you review the genealogies of the TIP and read the analysis of them published by the careful sholars, you will see many such things. Any such inscription that does not fit the prevailing theory has been declared a 'scribal error' then 'corrected' to make it fit the theory."

Do you mean to say that you don't believe a human, fallible ancient scribe could possibly ever make a single error?

"The assumption from the careful scholars is that the ancient Egyptians did not know their own families or how to spell the current king's name."

Who's claimed they didn't? But Manetho flourished during the Late Period and did not write in the Egyptian graphic system. He wrote in Greek and was only as knowledgeable as his sources. The spellings of his kingly names reflect pronunciation, not any more ancient spelling traditions. Also, he Hellenized the names somewhat. He was unclear about the end of the 19th Dynasty. Period.

"The 'careful scholarship' to which you refer is really over 100 years of repeating the errors of Champollion and Legrain."


"Where is the inscription in which the later kings of the 19th dynasty are referred to as illegal?"

Start with the Great Harris Papyrus, which characterizes the situation prior to the accession of Setnakht as being a chaotic mess. Ramesses III appears to have idolized Ramesses IIand makes that plain at a rock chapel at Deir el Medina but the tomb of Tawosret, for one, was usurped by Setnakht. Since Siptah was probably the son of Amenmesse, he would certainly have been viewed as a false successor.

"We know the name of Amenmesses mother, Takhat, was the same as a wife of Seti II and that Seti II was the son of Merneptah."

Unfortunately "Takhat" was a fairly common name of the era. But, yes, Merneptah had a son named Seti.

" It is not unanimous that the two women were the same person, but Amenmesses had some claim to the throne and made it stick well enough to be mentioned in the chronicles used by Manetho."

It is not unanimous and Manetho probably knew no more about how Amenmesse came to the throne than we do.

"Modern scholars, especially Egyptologists, do have a sense of being in a horse race, in which they want their theory to win. So constraints are placed on C-14 calibrations and astronomical dating calculations in order to make the results fit the theory.:"

What you seem to have is a conspiracy theory.

"Try setting up a chronology for the NK using only the raw dates from C-14 samples. I am now collecting that sort of data. A cursory examination shows the raw dates are closer to 1100 BC than to 1500 BC for that period."


"The basic chronology being protected by careful scholars was derived by trying to make directs correlations between the Bible and the newly translated Egyptian texts. When further work showed that the correlations, such as the Exodus taking place during the 19th dynasty, were not tenable, the Bible was declared to be defective and the modern dates were declared correct. It was just not possible that modern European scholars, with their advanced degrees from the finest European universities, could be wrong when compared to the backward ignorant ancient people of Judah and Israel."

Yeah, the Jews are certainly known for being backward and ignorant. Since you are a conspiracy buff, maybe you have a theory as to what happened to them, made them smarter, over the centuries. Meanwhile, ponder the fact that, during the Dark Ages and beyond, when most of the peoples of the earth were illiterate, the average Jew knew how to read and write Hebrew. And even before that, some folks who called themselves Christians adopted the Hebrew Bible and deemed it Holy Writ. If you doubt me, go to the nearest hotel and open a nightstand drawer. After that, look into a mirror in the adjoining bathroom and repeat the words, "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing." Bye.

  • Hatshepsut's accessionCullom, Sun Mar 1 10:36
    Hello again, I don't know where to begin with my response. I don't like evidence bashing. I prefer to read the inscriptions and evidence as it written. You say that Twosret and Siptah are mentioned... more
    • Re: Hatshepsut's accession — Monkton, Sun Mar 1 23:51
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        • Hatshepsut's AccessionCullom, Sun Apr 5 09:45
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              Hello Waael ebn Fekry, Is there any publication of the interesting event you described? Have the dating tests been done? If so what were the results? Cullom
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            • Hatshepsut's AccessionCullom, Wed Apr 8 23:30
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      • Hatshepsut's AccessionCullom, Mon Mar 2 19:33
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