Voices from Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Middle Kingdom Writings

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Voices from Ancient Egypt is an anthology presenting translations of sixty documents from a golden age of ancient Egyptian culture (c. 2081-1600 BC). The documents illustrate all aspects of life and the place of literacy in an early civilisation. The 'voices' range from the high formal literature of religious rituals and royal monuments to the hurried requests of the bureaucrats and the jokes of harrassed workmen. They tell a tale not ony of the intellectual beliefs of the elite, but of family feuds, love and murder, as well as the pastoral dreams of a society trying to attain its vision of absolute order in a chaotic universe.

This volume is a reissue of the valuable introduction to ancient Egyptian literature, first published in 1991.

Table of Contents
Introduction; The Intellectual Setting of Cosmos and State; The King; The Life of the Land; Religious Life; The Other Life; Epilogue; Glossary; Bibliography.

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About the Author:

Dr. Richard Parkinson is an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Susan at the British Museum. His other publications include The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems; Poetry and Culture in Middle Kingdom Egypt: A Dark side to Perfection, and Cracking Codes: The Rosetta Stone and Decipherment.

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Text: English (translation)

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