Ancient Egyptian Literature An Anthology

ISBN-10: 0292725272
ISBN-13: 9780292725270
Edition: 2001
Authors: John L. Foster
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 6/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 1.254

"Do not be arrogant because of your knowledge; approach the unlettered as well as the wise. The summit of artistry cannot be reached, nor does craftsman ever attain pure mastery. More hidden than gems is chiseled expression yet found among slave girls grinding the grain." from the Maxims of Ptahhotep Poetry, stories, hymns, prayers, and wisdom texts found exquisite written expression in ancient Egypt while their literary counterparts were still being recited around hearth fires in ancient Greece and Israel. Yet, because of its very antiquity and the centuries during which the language was forgotten, ancient Egyptian literature is a newly discovered country for modern readers. This anthology offers an extensive sampling of all the major genres of ancient Egyptian literature. It includes all the texts from John Foster's previous book Echoes of Egyptian Voices, along with selections from his Love Songs of the New Kingdom and Hymns, Prayers, and Songs: An Anthology of Ancient Egyptian Lyric Poetry, as well as previously unpublished translations of four longer and two short poems. Foster's translations capture the poetical beauty of the Egyptian language and the spirit that impelled each piece's composition, making these ancient masterworks sing for modern readers. An introduction to ancient Egyptian literature and its translation, as well as brief information about the authorship and date of each selection, completes the volume.

List of Hieroglyphic Passages
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Poems Akhenaten'
Hymn to the Sun
The Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor
"Why, just now, must you question your heart"
"I love you through the daytimes"
"My love is one and only"
"Love, how I'd love to slip down to the pond"
"Love of you is mixed deep in my vitals"
"I think I'll go home and lie very still"
Songs of the Birdcatcher' Daughter
The Instruction for Little Pepi on His Way to School
Longing for Memphis
"Oh, I'm bound downstream on the Memphis Ferry"
Rebuke Addressed to a Dissipated Scribe
Menna' Lament
Thc Debate between a Man Tired of Life and His Soul
The Resurrection of King Unis
Prayer to the King to Rise Up
Hymn to the King as a Primordial God
Hymn to the King as a Flash of Lightning
Prayer of the King as a Star Fading in the Dawn
The Prophecy of Neferty
The Testament of Amenemhat
Two Spells
Spell for Causing the Beloved to Follow After
Power from the Four Winds of Heaven
The Greatness of the King
Prayer of King Ramesses II
For a Portrait of the Queen
Hymn to Osiris
Hymn to the Nile
Hymn to the Rising Sun
In Praise of Amun
Lament to Amun
The Tale of Sinuhe
From
The Leiden Hymns
The Prayers of Pahery
From the Tomb of King Intef
The Harper' Song for Inherkhawy
From
The Eloquent Peasant
The Peasant' Eighth Complaint
From
The Maxims of Ptahhotep
The Instructionfor Merikarecirc
The Wisdom of Amenemopet
The Immortality of Writers (Epilogue)
Chronology
Glossary
Sources of the Texts
Bibliography

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