Chester Beatty Papyrus I – Heru and Set

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Heru Falcon Wallers Art MuseumLeft: Figure of a Horus Falcon, between circa 300 and circa 250 BC (Greco-Roman). The Walters Art Museum.

Chester Beatty Papyrus

The Contendings of Horus and Seth is a mythological story from the Twentieth dynasty of Ancient Egypt found in the first sixteen pages of the Papyrus Chester Beatty I  and deals with the battles between Horus (Heru) and Seth (Set) to determine who will succeed Osiris (Ausar) as king.

The Papyrus Chester Beatty I dates to the twentieth dynasty during the reign of Ramesses V and likely came from a scribe’s collection that was recorded for personal entertainment. The papyrus contains the story of The Contendings of Horus and Seth and also various other poetic love songs.

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