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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Sumerian Hymns

So I finished the hymns and it didn't really take very long without some Jungian analyst trying to analyze everything. They were made shorter by the fact that there are parts of the tablets that are just gone, so we have no idea what the rest of certain fragments said. Still, it's not completely incomprehensible. …

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Poetry Readings from the Akkadian Empire

As I reported last week my reading list has taken me into the poetry of one Enheduanna, High Priestess of the goddess Inanna, from the city of Ur. I started my exploration of this lady's writings by searching for translations of a number of hymns, however, in the process I found my way to a …

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The story so far…

To continue with this literary project of mine, it's gone through a couple of iterations as I've tried to figure out how I want to share what I'm reading. It occurs to me most people probably don't want to hear a book report. If I happen to include a cool quotation or two, that's probably …

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