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Ancient Egyptian Literature, Vol. 1: The Old and Middle Kingdoms Book Review Summary

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Published in 1975, this is the first of three volumes of highly regarded new translations of Egyptian literature with notes and commentary. Hieroglyphics had long been invented, but the Old and Middle Kingdoms (Dynasty 3-14; 2650-1650BC), saw the development and establishment of the great majority of Egyptian literary genres and styles. There is a representative sampling of: Old Kingdom Monumental inscriptions from private tombs; Pyramid Texts; Didactic literature. The works of the Middle Kingdom transition and Middle Kingdom itself include: Monumental inscriptions from private tombs; Monumental inscriptions; Didactic literature; Songs and hymns; and Prose tales.

Some of the most famous texts are: The Instruction of Ptahhotep; Dispute between a Man and his Ba; The Eloquent Peasant; Satire of the Trades; Three Harpers' Songs; and The Story of Sinuhe. There are indexes covering divinities, kings and queens, personal names, geographical and ethnic terms, Egyptian words, and Major Concepts (akh, ba, ka, maat).
This report prepared by Michael JR Jose








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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   Ancient Egyptian Era History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   Egyptian History of words/phrases?    -   Yes

Subjects of this Historical Account

Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   bureaucracy Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart

Setting

Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa Middle East?    -   Yes If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is very moderate

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   2 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   1 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   in awe How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   1 () Minor characters feature lots of:    -   blue collar types Pictures/Illustrations?    -   One or two Length of book    -   201-250 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   8 ()

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Miriam Lichtheim Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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