Reading Ancient Egyptian Poetry: Among Other Histories

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 17, 2009 - History - 392 pages
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In Reading Ancient Egyptian Poetry, Richard Parkinsonexplores how ancient Egyptian poems have been read and perceivedacross the ages.

  • Presents an innovative and theoretically-informed account ofhow the most famous ancient Egyptian
    poems have been read over 4,000 years
  • From a leading expert in the interpretation of ancient Egyptianliterature
  • Explores the original experience of ordinary Egyptians enjoyingthe poems as well as their interpretation
    during the Middle Kingdom and up to modern times
  • Draws on recent discoveries in the British Museum archives toreconstruct the contexts of the poems
  

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Contents

Reciting Two Poems at Abu c 1840 bc
20
A Performance
41
Reading Old Poems
69
A Certain Provincial Scribe c 1780 bc
113
A Library at the Southern City c 1680 bc
138
Old Imperial Classics in the New Kingdom and Beyond
173
Studying and Interpreting Texts
219
Among Other Histories
260
Translations of the 12thDynasty Papyri
279
Abbreviations
323
References
330
Index
382
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About the author (2009)

R. B. Parkinson is a curator in the Department of Ancient Egypt & Sudan, the British Museum, and regularly teaches in England and Germany. His publications include The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant (1991), the prize–winning Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems 1940 1640 bc (1997), and Poetry and Culture in Middle Kingdom Egypt (2002).

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