Charles, you wrote;
"The traditional king name at Emesa, Sampsigeramus, would then connote "Sword of Shem" or "Sword of Osiris". Ironically, the customary fate of an Osiris figure was to be beheaded with the sword!"
But, by my etymology, the words might well be read as "the Orb/censer / the symbol of Royal Might and Power, of Shem?". etc. Beheadings, before the times of the French revolution tended to be by the sword anyway! Thus it is not really "ironic?"
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