The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts

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James P. Allen, Peter Der Manuelian
Society of Biblical Lit, 2005 - History - 471 pages
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The Pyramid Texts are the oldest body of extant literature from ancient Egypt. First carved on the walls of the burial chambers in the pyramids of kings and queens of the Old Kingdom, they provide the earliest comprehensive view of the way in which the ancient Egyptians understood the structure of the universe, the role of the gods, and the fate of human beings after death. Their importance lies in their antiquity and in their endurance throughout the entire intellectual history of ancient Egypt. This volume contains the complete translation of the Pyramid Texts, including new texts recently discovered and published. It incorporates full restorations and readings indicated by post-Old Kingdom copies of the texts and is the first translation that presents the texts in the order in which they were meant to be read in each of the original sources.
 

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Contents

The PyramidTexts of Unis
15
The PyramidTexts ofTeti
65
The PyramidTexts of Pepi I
97
The PyramidTexts of Merenre
209
The PyramidTexts of Pepi II
239
The PyramidTexts of Queen Neith
309
Variants
337
Concordance ofText Numbers
375
Bibliography
419
Index
445
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James P. Allen is Curator of Egyptian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the author of The Art of Medicine in Ancient Egypt (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Press), The Heqanakht Papyri (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs (Cambridge University Press), and other books on ancient Egypt.

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