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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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Twenty scholars have contributed to this book which deals with the development and characteristics of the literature of ancient Egypt over a period of over more than two millenia, from the monumental origins of autobiography at the end of the Old Kingdom (ca. 2150 BC) down to the latest literary compositions in Demotic during the Graeco-Roman period (300BC-200AD). The book is divided into thirty chapters concerned with the definition of literary discourse, the history and genre of the texts, their linguistic and stylistic features and the image of Egypt as displayed in later literary traditions - Greek, Coptic and Arabic. Thoroughly interdisciplinary.
"Praise for the first editions: " "Concise, lucid, and altogether interesting . . ..The notes on the individual texts are unfailingly illuminating."--"Books Abroad" (now "World Literature Today")
Traces the development of Ancient Egyptian forms of writing. Provides a selection of ancient Egyptian myth and folklore as well as inscriptions on tombs, songs and hymns.
The literature of ancient Egypt is less well known than its art and architecture but merits study as one of the earliest literary traditions. This book reviews the current range of interpretative approaches and highlights the vitality of the field, covering the period c. 2000 BC to the Roman period.
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DIVFascinating extracts from The Book of the Dead, legends of the gods, historical and autobiographical literature, tales of travel and adventure, poetical compositions, much more. /div
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.
Presents annotated translations of papyrus writings and tomb inscriptions from the middle and late periods of ancient Egypt.
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's 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's translations capture the poetical beauty of the Egyptian language and the spirit that impelled each piece's 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.
This book is an impressive collection of some of the earliest literature still extant from the great Ancient Egyptian civilization. Much of the material contained in this work -- poems, narratives, songs and prayers -- was translated here and made accessible to lovers of antiquity for the first time. Covering a range of topics including schools, religion and love, the collected works here provide the reader with a deeper understanding of ancient life along the Nile.
This eBook collection has been formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. This book is intended to serve as an elementary edition for all studies of Egyptian Literature. Its object is to present a short series of specimens of Egyptian compositions, which represent all the great periods of literary activity in Egypt under the Pharaohs, to all who are interested in the study of the mental development of ancient nations. It is not addressed to the Egyptological specialist, to whom, as a matter of course, its contents are well known, and therefore its pages are not loaded with elaborate notes and copious references. In selecting the texts for translation in this book an attempt has been made to include compositions that are not only the best of their kind, but that also illustrate the most important branches of Egyptian Literature. Among these religious, mythological, and moral works bulk largely, and in many respects these represent the peculiar bias of the mind of the ancient Egyptian better than compositions of a purely historical character. Contents: The Pyramid Texts Stories of Magicians who Lived under the Ancient Empire The Book of the Dead Books of the Dead of the Græco-Roman Period The Egyptian Story of the Creation Legends of the Gods Historical Literature Autobiographical Literature Tales of Travel and Adventure Fairy Tales Egyptian Hymns to the Gods Moral and Philosophical Literature Miscellaneous Literature
The book attempts to reconstruct the social context for Egyptian wisdom literature during the Middle and New Kingdoms (c. 2000-1000 BC), using The Instruction of Ptahhotep as a case-study. By looking at the archaeology and material culture of manuscripts, intertextual references and editorial changes to the text over time, the book traces the life of a wisdom poem from the hands of its copyists to the minds of its readers, charting its use and reception over hundreds of years.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 77. Chapters: Instruction of Amenemope, Turin King List, Ipuwer Papyrus, Epistle, Narmer Palette, Egyptian multiplication and division, Rhind Mathematical Papyrus, Egyptian Mathematical Leather Roll, Chester Beatty Papyri, Story of Wenamun, Moscow Mathematical Papyrus, Abydos King List, Story of Sinuhe, Reisner Papyrus, List of ancient Egyptian papyri, Edwin Smith Papyrus, Papyrus Anastasi I, Abbott Papyrus, Ebers Papyrus, Egyptian medical papyri, Tale of Two Brothers, Tale of the shipwrecked sailor, Tulli Papyrus, Amherst Papyrus, Akhmim wooden tablets, Westcar Papyrus, Lahun Mathematical Papyri, Rhind Mathematical Papyrus 2/n table, Greek Magical Papyri, The lion hunts of Amenhotep III during the first ten years of his reign, Tale of the doomed prince, Abusir Papyri, Loyalist Teaching, The Maxims of Ptahhotep, Tebtunis archive, Execration texts, Hearst papyrus, Instructions of Kagemni, Papyrology, Heqanakht papyri, Instruction of Any, Sebayt, Judicial Papyrus of Turin, Installation of the Vizier, Great Hymn to the Aten, Papyrus of Ani, Memphite Formula, Teaching for King Merykara, Instructions of Amenemhat, Rylands Papyri, Turin Papyrus Map, Papyrus Harris I, Prophecy of Neferti, Ramesseum medical papyri, The Eloquent Peasant, Harper's Songs, Dispute between a man and his Ba, Ancient Egyptian funerary texts, King Neferkare and General Sasenet, Berlin Papyrus, Carlsberg papyrus, Chester Beatty Medical Papyrus, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie, The Immortality of Writers, Kahun Papyri, Kahun Gynecological Papyrus, Onomasticon of Amenope, Nile Level Texts, Oracle of the Potter, The Satire of the Trades, Instruction of Hardjedef, The Taking of Joppa, Prisse Papyrus, Papyrus Harris 500, Oracle of the Lamb, Brugsch Papyrus, Dramatic Ramesseum Papyrus, Dedi, Papyrus Hood, Brooklyn Papyrus, Urkunden des gyptischen Altertums, Urkunden des Alt...
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.
"The first authoritative anthology of ancient Egyptian literary writings to appear in English since 1927, this volume will serve as an important adjunct to the study of Egyptian civilization. Although only a small portion of the writings of ancient Egypt has survived, three leading scholars have selected and translated the most notable and complete narratives, teachings, and poems"--Back cover.

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