facing right. He wears the Egyptian headcloth and apron, carries the ankh in his right hand, and holds in his left a tall staff, the top of which seems to be a lion's head. A long invocation covers the reverse side with thirteen lines of writing, is continued completely round the beveled edge, and ends on the obverse. There the last words encircle the figure with two lines of writing, which end with the brief petition εἵλεως Ἀμμωνίῳ, the last word being in the exergue. The legend is given below in normal orthography and with a few necessary emendations.
ὁ ἐν Λεοντοπό
λι τὴν κατοικίαν κ
εκληρωμένος, ὁ ἐ
5 ν τῷ ἁγίῳ σηκῷ ἐνι
δρυμένος, ὁ ἀστράπ
των καὶ βροντῶν κα‹ὶ›
γνόφου καὶ ἀνέμω
ν κύριος, ὁ τὴν ἐνο
10 υράνιον τῆς αἰων
ίου φύσεως κεκλ
Edge: σὺ εἶ ὁ ταχυεργός, ὁ ἐπήκοος θεός, ὁ μεγαλόδοξος λεοντόμορφος: ὄνομά σοι
Obverse: Μιως, Μιωσι, Αρμιως, Ουσιρμιως, Φρη, Σιμιεφε, Φνουτο, Φῶς, Πῦρ, Φλόξ: ἵλεως Ἀμμωνίῳ.
Since there are slight discrepancies in previous transcriptions of this text, I add the following notes. Some of them serve only to show that the engravers did not discriminate carefully between similar letters, such as ΑΛΔ, ΚΧ. These notes are based on my own examination of the stone, checked and occasionally corrected by Mrs. Riefstahl, of the Brooklyn Museum.
Reverse: 1. The stone has alpha instead of lambda. The last iota is certain. Confusion in the use of genitive and dative cases is illustrated by many examples in the papyri and inscriptions of the Roman period. 2. Λεοντωπο. 3. Delta instead of lambda. 7. The final iota was omitted for lack of space. 9. Chi instead of kappa. 10. εων. 13. ανανκην.
: ι (for ει) is certain. These words appear on the stone as follows: ταχυεε////εος. θενιικοος (for ὁ ἐπήκοος). λεοντομοροφος. ονμ
“Hear me, thou who hast for thy portion the dwelling in Leontopolis, who art established in the holy enclosure, who sendest lightning and thunder, and art lord of darkness and winds, who hast as thy province the celestial force that drives eternal nature. Thou art the god that worketh swiftly, that giveth ear to prayer, he of great glory, who is in the form of a lion. Thy name is Mios, Miosi, Harmios, Ousirmios, Phre, Simiephe, Phnouto, Light, Fire, Flame. Be gracious to Ammonius.”