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Title: Inscription of Queen Katimala at Semna: Textual Evidence for the Origins of the Napatan State
Author: Darnell, John Coleman
Publisher: Yale Egyptological Seminar; Publication Date: 2006
Paperback; ISBN: 9780974002538
Volumes: 1; Pages: 130
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This is the first complete translation and commentary on the important tableau and inscription of Queen Katimala/Karimala at Semna. Proper understanding of the paleography, grammar, and content reveals Katimala to have been a Nubian ruler at the time of the Twenty-First to Twenty-Second Dynasties of Ancient Egypt. She emerges as a political and military leader who took control of at least Lower Nubia in the wake of failed military activities on the part of a male predecessor. Katimala's inscription is not illegible, as has often been stated, but is a well-composed Lower Nubian example of a politico-religious manifesto applying many of the conventions of early Egyptian literary and historical compositions.