Egyptian Complainers and Expatriates

We're taking a break from Sumeria this week (and maybe for a little while, since I'm waiting on a library book, and might be drawing from my own library of more contemporary works until I hear that I can pick it up) to spend some time back in Middle Kingdom Ancient Egypt. In particular, I …

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A Stele Listing Virtues and an Egyptian Castaway.

Back to Egypt today, obviously, and my reading catalog consists of the inscriptions on a stele belonging to one 'Intef, son of Sent' who was believed to have been alive during the Middle Kingdom reign of Sesostris I (also known as Senusret I, and his reign is believed to be from 1908 to 1875 BC), …

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Neferti’s Prophecies and After, The Assassination of the Chosen One

I went back to Ancient Egyptian stuff today, looking at two scrolls of papyrus that were written, seemingly around the same time, dealing with the rule of a Pharaoh of the Middle Kingdom named Amenemhet I. Taken individually these are pretty short, and taken together, they are hilarious in hindsight. In the first piece, known …

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Magical Texts Found in Coffins

It's been a little while. CoVid is stupid and the libraries haven't been allowing for interlibrary loans, but things are finally getting back to some semblance of normalcy in that area of life and a good thing too, because I can't wait around forever. So this book I've been waiting around for and finally managed …

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Who is this Harper, and why is he laying?

Okay, that's kind of a bad joke. The reason I used it was because when I happened across this title the first time, it was under the title "The Lay of the Harper." However, it can also be found as "The Song of the Harper" As can be seen in this set of translations from …

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Merikare Pretends the Job of Pharaoh Came With Instructions.

So this week I decided to take a quick trip back to Egypt to write about another Intructions work, called "The Instruction Addressed to King Merikare" which I found in my anthology of Ancient Egyptian Literature, which was put together by Miriam Lichtheim. According to Lichtheim the text is preserved in three papyrus fragments, and …

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Weni and Harkhuf, Ancient Autobiographers

Going back to Miriam Lichtheim's book of Ancient Egyptian Literature, I took a look at two autobiographies that were carved into a pair of tombs for certain members of the pharaoh's retinue. The Autobiography of Weni hails from the Sixth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, and he's notable in having been party to the reigns …

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Ancient Egyptian Life Advice

This one's a little longer that usual I'm afraid, but I found a lot of the material quite quotable, so bear with me. I read these three pieces of literature I'll be discussing in this article a little before the last couple of entries and I put off actually writing about them in favor of …

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