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Ancient Egyptian Literature, Vol. 2: The New Kingdom Book Review Summary

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Published in 1976, this is the second of three volumes of highly regarded new translations of Egyptian literature with notes and commentary. The New Kingdom (Dynasty 18-20; 1550-1080BC), time of the Egyptian empire, produced a greatly increased literary output. The period covers many of the most famous Egyptians, including: Queen Hatshepsut, Thutmose III, Akhenaten, Seti I, Rameses II, Merneptah, Tutankhamen, Ay, and General Haremhab. These reigns produced very many inscriptions and papyri, including that of the famous Kadesh Battle; El-Amarna hymns and prayers; the 'Instruction of Amenemope' - the peak of Egyptian instruction texts; the later love poetry; and tales of wonder (short stories) such as 'The Destruction of Mankind', and the contending of 'Truth and Falsehood'. The much discussed 'Israel Stela', otherwise known as the 'Poetical Stela of Merneptah' is covered here. There are indexes covering divinities, kings and queens, personal names, geographical and ethnic terms, Egyptian words, and Major Concepts (ba, dat, ka, maat).
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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?    -   Nobility/Royalty 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

Part of a series?    -   Yes How much gore?    -   3 () 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?    -   3 () 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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