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By John L. Foster

ISBN-10: 0292725272

ISBN-13: 9780292725270

ISBN-10: 029279813X

ISBN-13: 9780292798137

"Do no longer be boastful as a result of your wisdom; strategy the unlettered in addition to the clever. The summit of artistry can't be reached, nor does craftsman ever reach natural mastery. extra hidden than gem stones is chiseled expression but came across between slave women grinding the grain." —from the Maxims of Ptahhotep Poetry, tales, hymns, prayers, and knowledge texts discovered beautiful written expression in historical Egypt whereas their literary opposite numbers have been nonetheless being recited round fire fires in historic Greece and Israel. but, as a result of its very antiquity and the centuries within which the language was once forgotten, historic Egyptian literature is a newly chanced on state for contemporary readers. This anthology deals an in depth sampling of the entire significant genres of historical Egyptian literature. It comprises the entire texts from John Foster's earlier e-book Echoes of Egyptian Voices, besides decisions from his Love Songs of the hot nation and Hymns, Prayers, and Songs: An Anthology of historical Egyptian Lyric Poetry, in addition to formerly unpublished translations of 4 longer and brief poems. Foster's translations trap the poetical fantastic thing about the Egyptian language and the spirit that impelled every one piece's composition, making those historic masterworks sing for contemporary readers. An creation to old Egyptian literature and its translation, in addition to short information regarding the authorship and date of every choice, completes the amount.

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All burned . . and I not even with them. I wanted to be dead instead of them after finding them a heap of tangled corpses. ‘‘If you have courage, steel your heart that you may fill your arms with children, The Poems  And kiss your wife, and see your home. ’’ He laughed at me for what I told him— wrongly, to his way of thinking— saying: ‘‘Yours is no great supply of myrrh though it happens you have incense; Why, I myself rule Punt, the myrrh from there is mine. And that poor sacred oil you spoke of bringing— it is the main thing on this island!

Iii ‘‘—And unless he shares his wisdom with other persons, he can never leave this life contented. I do not see a calling equal to it and agree with what this wise book says. The Poems  Let me urge you to love learning more than your mother; have its perfections enter your mind. It is more distinguished than any other occupation— there is nothing like it upon earth! Good fortune grows for the scribe even from childhood, and people shall respect him; They shall commission him to handle their affairs— nor will he go about dressed merely in a loincloth.

A N C I E N T E G Y P T I A N L I T E R AT U R E vii ‘‘The barber barbers far into evening to earn a bit to swallow, a covering for his shoulders, Taking himself from street to street to hunt down any who are ripe for barbering. He is strong of arm to fill his belly just like the honeybee at work. viii ‘‘The reedcutter goes down into the marshes to gather shafts for arrows. He has worked his arms to dropping in his labors, bugs and ticks have bitten him to death, Sickness has laid him low— he fares no better than the damned.

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