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This review is from: Ancient Egyptian Literature: Late Period v. 3 (Paperback)
There is no better way to understand a people than to read their own writings. The Egyptians have left us a vast amount of written material of different types - autobiographies, myths, royal records - and to read them is to come close to the ancient mind.
Lichtheim's collections of translations of Egyptian texts, in three connected volumes, are some of the most accessible, with their helpful commentary and notes. They are an essential part of a library of anyone genuinely interested in ancient Egypt.