Ancient Egyptian Literature: The New Kingdom

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University of California Press, 2006 - History - 239 pages
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First published in 1973 – and followed by Volume II in 1976 and Volume III in 1980 – this anthology has assumed classic status in the field of Egyptology and portrays the remarkable evolution of the literary forms of one of the world’s earliest civilizations.

Volume I outlines the early and gradual evolution of Egyptian literary genres, including biographical and historical inscriptions carved on stone, the various classes of literary works written with pen on papyrus, and the mortuary literature that focuses on life after death. Introduced with a new foreword by Antonio Loprieno.

Volume II shows the culmination of these literary genres within the single period known as the New Kingdom (1550-1080 B.C.). With a new foreword by Hans-W. Fischer-Elfert.

Volume III spans the last millennium of Pharaonic civilization, from the tenth century B.C. to the beginning of the Christian era. With a new foreword by Joseph G. Manning.
  

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Contents

Inscriptions from Private Tombs
11
Inscriptions from Royal Monuments
25
The Great Hymn to Osiris
81
Hymns and Prayers from ElAmarna
89
A Prayer and a Hymn of General Haremhab
100
Three Penitential Hymns from Deir elMedina
104
Prayers Used as School Texts
110
Chapters 23 30B 43 59 77 105 109
119
From Papyrus Harris 500
189
The Destruction of Mankind
197
The Two Brothers
203
Truth and Falsehood
211
The Report of Wenamun
224
Indexes
231
Divinities
233
Kings and Queens
234

Chapter 125
125
The Instruction of Any
135
The Instruction of Amenemope
147
A Schoolbook
168
The Immortality of Writers
175
Love Poems
181

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About the author (2006)

For thirty years Miriam Lichtheim was Near East Bibliographer and Lecturer at University of California, Los Angeles. She retired in 1974 to devote herself to Egyptological research and later moved to Jerusalem where she taught at Hebrew University. She died in 2004. Hans-W. Fischer-Elfert is Professor of Egyptology at the Aegyptologisches Institut of the University of Leipzig.

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