Ipuwer thought Egypt was going to the dogs.

Been a little busy these past few weeks, due to travel and a few other things, but I’m still soldiering on. This one is going to be very short, because there really wasn’t much to it. Once again, going back to the Lichtheim book, I took a look at the Ipuwer Papyrus, also known as “The Admonitions of Ipuwer.” Along the same lines as the “Complaints of Kakheperre-sonb,” it’s a short piece about how everything sucks. Believed to have been written sometime during the Middle Kingdom, it goes about its apocalyptic prose for a longer stretch than Kakhperre-sonb’s piece, and it tends to be a little more rambling. Funny thing is, as Lichtheim points out in her introduction, it’s also contradictory in some places. How can everyone be universally destitute and yet the poor have also somehow acquired all their masters’ wealth at the same time? I agree with Lichtheim, this does seem at the very least difficult to achieve, unless maybe those so-called masters weren’t that successful in the first place (stupid authoritarian monarchies). One wonders if anyone asked Ipuwer about that when he wrote the piece.

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