on 28 October 2009
Dr. Elizabeth Frood is a young and gifted Egyptologist, Lecturer at The University of Oxford, Faculty of Oriental Studies, being also in the editorial board for the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology. As one of her research interests is connected with ancient Egyptian biographies, we can easily explain the publication of the present volume. After a very needful Introduction, through which she explains the purpose and structure of her book, Dr. Frood offer the translation of 50 biographical texts according to the following criteria: The Priest and Related Offices, Artists, Civil Officials, The Military, Administering Nubia and Texts from Deir el-Medina. A couple of Notes, the designation of Sources including the text editions used for translations, a small Glossary, a good Bibliography, and a useful Index form the ending part of a well-conceived, written and accurate translated book concern with the Ramessid biographical texts.
on 23 October 2013
This is a good selection of translated texts from the 19th and 20th Dynasties relating to the lives of priests, administrators, soldiers scribes and Deir el Medina workmen. It is of interest to anyone who wishes to understand the lives, concerns and aspirations of Egyptians other than Pharaoh. The texts are translated, there is no transliteration, for this the reader would need to go to the multiple volumes of professor Kitchen, which I think average about £250 each. This in itself makes Biographical texts very good value for money, for the non-specialist historian wanting to gain access to primary sources. It both adds to and updates the translations of Breasted in Volumes III, IV of The Historical records of Egypt, and provides a translation of many of the builder's inscriptions used by John Romer in Ancient Lives. It also has a helpful glossary explaining various Egyptian terms or the function of the countries numerous deities.