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Tomb of Petosiris at Tuna el-Gebel

Petosiris, called Ankhefenkhons, was the high priest of Thoth at Hermopolis and held various priestly degrees in the service of Sakhmet, Khnum, Amen-Re and Hathor. The son of Sishu and Nefer-renpet, he lived in the second half of the 4th century BCE under Persian rule. In his tomb inscriptions (his tomb is in the necropolis at Tuna el-Gebel) he prided himself on having restored the fortunes of the temples in which he served.

There is a pseudepigraphic onomantic text, Petosiris to Nechepso, and it is possible that the priestly Petosiris described in this article is the inspiration for the attribution of authorship.[1] Nechepso lived in the 7th century BCE and that the text is likely 2nd century BCE.


  1. ^ Bartson, T. Ancient Astrology. p. 26. 


  • Lefebvre, Gustave: Le Tombeau de Petosiris, L'institut Français d'archéologie orientale, Cairo, 1924
  • Lichtheim, Miriam: Ancient Egyptian Literature, Vol.3, University of California Press 1980, pp. 44ff.
  • Caroli, Christian A.: Ptolemaios I. Soter - Herrscher zweier Kulturen, Badawi Artes Afro Arabica, 2007, ISBN 3-938828-05-6, ISBN 978-3-938828-05-2, pp. 148–158.

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