Ancient Egyptian literature: an anthology

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University of Texas Press, 2001 - Literary Collections - 272 pages
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Poetry, stories, hymns, prayers, and wisdom texts found exquisite written expression in ancient Egypt while their literary counterparts were still being recited around hearth fires in ancient Greece and Israel. Yet, because of its very antiquity and the centuries during which the language was forgotten, ancient Egyptian literature is a newly discovered country for modern readers. This anthology offers an extensive sampling of all the major genres of ancient Egyptian literature. It includes all the texts from John Foster' previous book Echoes of Egyptian Voices, along with selections from his Love Songs of the New Kingdom and Hymns, Prayers, and Songs: An Anthology of Ancient Egyptian Lyric Poetry, as well as previously unpublished translations of four longer and two short poems. Foster' translations capture the poetical beauty of the Egyptian language and the spirit that impelled each piece' composition, making these ancient masterworks sing for modern readers. An introduction to ancient Egyptian literature and its translation, as well as brief information about the authorship and date of each selection, completes the volume.

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Interesting read, made somewhat difficult by the fact that most of the form was lost in translation. But a great start to Egyptian poetry. Read full review

Contents

The Poems i Akhenatens Hymn to the
1
The Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor
8
Why just now must you question your heart
18
I love you through the daytimes
19
My love is one and only
20
Love how Id love to slip down to the pond
23
H Love of you is mixed deep in my vitals
24
I think Ill go home and lie very still
25
The Greatness of the King
94
Prayer of King Ramesses II
96
1oo For a Portrait of the Queen
100
Hymn to Osiris
102
Hymn to the Nile
110
n8 Hymn to the Rising
118
In Praise of Amun
120
Lament to Amun
122

Songs of the Birdcatchers Daughter
26
The Instruction for Little Pepi on His Way to School
32
Longing for Memphis
44
Oh Im bound downstream on the Memphis Ferry
46
Rebuke Addressed to a Dissipated Scribe
48
j Mennas Lament
51
The Debate between a Man Tired of Life and His Soul
55
The Resurrection of King Unis
64
Prayer to the King to Rise
71
n Hymn to the King as a Primordial
72
Hymn to the King as a Flash of Lightning
74
Prayer of the King as a Star Fading in the Dawn
75
The Prophecy of Neferty
76
The Testament of Amenemhat
85
Two Spells
89
Spell for Causing the Beloved to Follow After
90
Power from the Four Winds of Heaven
91
The Tale of Sinuhe
124
49 From The Leiden Hymns
149
The Prayers of Pahery
169
From the Tomb of King Intef
179
The Harpers Song for Inherkhawy
181
From The Eloquent Peasant
183
The Peasants Eighth Complaint
184
From The Maxims of Ptahhotep
186
The Instruction for Merikare
191
The Wisdom of Amenemopet
206
The Immortality of Writers Epilogue
226
Chronology
231
Glossary
233
List of Hieroglyphic Passages
254
Sources of the Texts 2c c
255
Bibliography
261
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