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By William Kelley Simpson, Robert K. Ritner, Vincent A. Tobin, Jr. Edward Wente

An anthology of old Egyptian literature, revised to provide clean translations of the entire texts in addition to a few 25 new entries, together with writings from the past due literature of the Demotic interval on the finish of classical Egyptian historical past. it is usually an in depth bibliography.

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And one did according to all His Majesty had commanded. [THE BIRTH OF THE KINGS] 10,1 One of these days it happened that Reddedet took sick and it was with difficulty that she gave birth. The Majesty of Re, Lord of Sakhbu, said to Isis, Nephthys, Meskhenet, Heket, and Khnum:16 May you proceed that you may deliver Reddedet of the three children who are in her womb; they who shall exercise this magisterial office in the entire land. 17 These goddesses proceeded, and they transformed themselves / into musicians, with Khnum accompanying them carrying the birthing-stool.

Parkinson, The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems 1940–1640 bc (Oxford, 1997), 54–88. The translation of R. O. Faulkner in the earlier edition of this book should also be noted as it shows a number of variations in the interpretation of various passages of the text. T. R1 R5 R10 R15 R20 R25 There was once a man whose name was Khunanup. He was a peasant of Sekhet-Hemat,1 and he had a wife named Merit. Now this peasant said to his wife, ‘‘Behold, I am going down to Egypt in order to bring provisions from there for my children.

Her brother went to tell it to Reddedet, / and he found her sitting with her head on her knee,22 her heart very sad. He said to her: My lady, why are you so sad? She said: That little girl who grew up in this house, see, she has gone away saying: I am going and I will denounce. ] that she might go off with me. And I gave her a sound beating, and she went to draw some water, and a crocodile caught her ... ) 22. An attitude of mourning or sorrow. 24 THE TALE OF THE ELOQUENT PEASANT his text, dating from the Middle Kingdom, combines the format of the short story with that of a poetic meditation on the need for justice.

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