EXCERPTS FROM THE DEDICATIONS OF PTOLEMY VIII EUERGETES II,
INSCRIBED ON THE DOOR OF KARNAK’S SECOND PYLON
Thebes, site of origin and outlet of Nun, of the one whose name is hidden [Amun],
[The outlet of Nun is the place where the demiurge—Amun, in this instance—emerged from the
primordial abyss of the waters.] He made it (Thebes), he created it, he cooked it by the flame of his eye into marshland by the banks of the waters. He heralded the things to come and they happened at once. He created what was uttered by his
voice. . . . He created Tatenen. He wrought the Eight. He formed his body like that of a sacred child who emerged from a lotus in the middle of Nun. He illuminated the lands with his two eyes.
He made men. He created the Neters. He organized the college of the Ennead. He instituted the Ogdoad.
The hillock of the sacred eye at the origin, until the earth had become the covering of Nun, that its height had become its height and that the heavens had absorbed the energy of the genii, so that the two uraei [the two eyes] were filed and the Eye of Horus was exalted.