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Seshat tallying the length of the pharaoh's reign

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From the Ancient Egyptian word for "scribe" ( sš3 ) + feminine determinative ( t ); Seshet (sš3t) = "female scribe"


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Seshat

  1. (Egyptian mythology) The Egyptian goddess of writing and wisdom, often depicted as a scribe or recordkeeper.
    • 2001, Moustafa Gadalla, Egyptian Divinities: The All Who Are the One[1], page 50:
      Seshat represents the organizational capacity of keeping records—knowledge, information, etc.
      Seshat is depicted carrying the reed pen and palette, and records deeds in eternity/space, i.e. memory. As such, Seshat is referred to as: The Enumerator, Lady of Writing(s), Scribe, Head of the House of the Divine Books (Archives), Lady of Builders...
    • 2010, Kate Spence, Establishing direction in early Egyptian burials and monumental architecture, Iain Morley, Colin Renfrew (editors), The Archaeology of Measurement: Comprehending Heaven, Earth and Time in Ancient Societies, page 176,
      The link between the measurement of space and measurement of time is also clear from early periods in the activities of the goddess Seshat, the goddess associated with the foundation ceremony, during which the orientation of buildings was established.
    • 2010, Tamara L. Siuda, Nebt-het: Lady of the House, 2nd Edition, page 14,
      At least eight separate Egyptologists, in addition to myself, have suggested that the ancient Egyptians directly identified Seshat as a form or aspect of Nebt-het (101).
    • 2010, Zahi A. Hawass, Wonders of the Horus Temple: The Sound and Light of Edfu[2], page 8:
      The most important of these scenes shows the king leaving his palace with the goddess of writing, Seshat, in order to lay out the foundations for the temple.

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