Dear Dr. Federn:
I have received yesterday your letter of January 1-3. I wonder how easily you became doubtful of your apostasy. I have not yet seen the article of Parker on Sothis; but whatever he writes there, anyone who read carefully my article (chapter) on Sothis, need not give a hoot, as the Americans say, to a Sothic basis of chronology. Actually, Dr. Eva Danelius urges me to to print that chapter in a periodical, and I considered to offer it to JEA, after excluding from it any reference to my dating of the Ramseses, and including later literature, like this article of Parker (1952). Look please though this chapter (Astronomy and Archaeology), and give me any suggestion you think right, before I offer it to JEA.
Then what with the innumerable proofs that you wrote me to have found? Do you despair so easily? Your sudden conversion, and then unwarranted scruple, may have psychoanalytic reaons, besides “scientific conscience.”
Where was located the Sphinx of Thebes? Is anything left of it? How is it known that there was one? Were human sacrifices (Amenhotep II, Thutmose IV, Amenhotep III sacrificing prisoners) brought to it? Or was it only to Amon?
Please do not spend efforts on finding when Lady Carnarvon died. I believe that she like her husband died of an insect bite, and this makes the story a little eery.
Is it correct that a new basrelief with Haremhabe being appointed to be a (vice) king was discovered or described? In such a case whether there is a name of the king who appoints Haremhab? (By the way, Haremhab, being Harmais who fled to the Greek mainland or archipelago, could also be a carier of the Akhnaton and Tutenkhamen stories there).
I expect to hear mor from you about the origin of Egyptian chronological scheme with Ramses II in the 13th and Ramses III in the 13th or 12th c.
Since according to Doerpfeld, and in harmony with my reconstruction, the Geometric ware was contemporary with Mycenaean ware, the question is: Whether geometric ware was found in el-Amarna or in Thebes, even if it was ascribed to a later dynasty?
Whether by any chance later discovery revealed the name of Thutmose III’s queen, and whether her name was Telkemina, or Tekemina?
If occasionally you come across a reference to “Illuminations of Bel” (70 tablets), I would like to know where they were published and translated?
Whether in any inscription of Esarhaddon (or Sennaherib) ther eis a reference to Seti or to Haremhab?
I know that several objects made for Smenkhkare were found in Tutenkhamen’s grave. But from one of your letters I could think that a large part, or even majority, of objects found in Tutenkhamen’s grave were made originally for Smenkhkare. Is it so?
This is all of the present, and it is plenty.
With kind regards, yours,
Regards from Elisheva