Ancient Egyptian Literature: Volume I: The Old and Middle Kingdoms: Old and the Middle Kingdoms v. 1 Paperback – 10 Mar 2006
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"Concise, lucid, and altogether interesting.... The notes on the individual texts are unfailingly illuminating." - Books Abroad (now World Literature Today)"
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Concise, lucid, and altogether interesting .The notes on the individual texts are unfailingly illuminating. "Books Abroad" (now "World Literature Today")"
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Who developed this civilization is unclear, some civilization from Sudan and East Africa are older.
The writing is the oldest, older than the Babylonian.
But this is not the oldest civilization, but the most complex from the oldest. Including art and literature, amazing organization and architecture.
The oldest is the south Danube civilization, with a proto-writing from 5300 BC and metallurgy 4500 BC. More than a millenium before the Babylon and Egypt. But this civilization had no real writing, no cities and no centralized statal structures. There were only large settlements with no or only primitive hierarchic structures.
The discussion about eurocentrism is absurd. The truth is that humans developed civilizations when they found durable ( more than one century )
life conditions, and could organize big enough settlements to allow specialization, from China to Peru.
The development of the egyptian civilization can be followed from the beginning to its apogee, from 4500 BC to the beginning of last millenium, under roman rule. Knowing their spiritual world allows us to understand better another civilizations which did not left written testimonies.
Therefore I can only recommend this work as indispensable for anybody who is interested in the history of the civilization.
For what it is this is an excellent introduction I believe. Clearly written with large tracts of original (translated into English, unfortunately I am not in a position to vouch for the accuracy of the translations) material.
Of necessity there are far more examples of Middle Kingdom texts compared to Old Kingdom, but all the important ones are there as far as I can tell. The work starts with an introduction covering Literary genres and styles, it moves on to the Old Kingdom material, starting with monumental inscriptions from private tombs. Followed by royal decree's and the pyramid texts as well as some examples of didactic literature (e.g. the instruction of Prince Hardjedef). This is followed with a chapter headed `the transition to the Middle Kingdom' which contains The first part of the autobiography of Ankhtifi (a cracking read) among other, transitional texts.
The Middle Kingdom section follows the same steps, though it includes a chapter on songs and hymns and finishes with one covering prose tales, i.e. the tale of the shipwrecked sailor, the story of Sinuhe and three tales of wonder.
The linking narrative is useful though quite personal to the author in some of her conclusions.
The book is some 9"x6" and just under an inch thick, some 240 pages long, there are no illustrations or photographs.
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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,... Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2008 by Griffith1001