The Literature of Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Stories, Instructions, Stelae, Autobiographies, and Poetry

The Literature of Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Stories, Instructions, Stelae, Autobiographies, and Poetry Review

The latest edition of this highly praised anthology of ancient Egyptian literature offers fresh translations of all the texts as well as some twenty-five new entries, including writings from the late literature of the Demotic period at the end of classical Egyptian history. The book also includes an extensive bibliography.

Praise for the earlier editions:

“An elegant, easily readable, and most serviceable volume.”—K. A. Kitchen, Journal of Near Eastern Studies

“A reliable rendering of the Egyptian text that can be useful to students of Egyptology and provide the layman with delightful reading material.”—Mordechai Gilula, Cultura

Title:The Literature of Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Stories, Instructions, Stelae, Autobiographies, and Poetry
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Barnaby Thieme

    This is an adequate survey of translations of material from ancient Egypt and a useful jumping-off point for interested readers. There is not much in the corpus of Egyptian writing remotely approachin...

  • Paul

    It's really a tragedy -- you would think that three millennia of Egyptian culture would produce hundreds of volumes of great poetry, epics, histories, etc. This is certainly the case for Chinese cultu...

  • Miss Makaveli

    I am obsessed with Kemetic literature; with Ancient African literature in itself but when you get these glimpses of the stories that were told the ancient past truly seems to wash over me and take me ...

  • Natalie

    It all started because of Daniel Radcliffe and his QI episode, where he talked about the Westcar Papyrus. It didn’t take long to read said papyrus, which then led me to the Story of Sinuhe, and then...

  • Katie

    A pretty good balance, for an anthology of ancient stories. It's a difficult genre to manage, and some of the translations are rather antiquated themselves. But if you're looking for some good stories...

  • Cera

    A pleasant diversity of material from Ancient Egypt, translated into very readable modern English. I'm skimming some of the it, because the book is ginormous, but I'm finding a lot of the selections f...

  • Michelle

    Awesome for referencing obscure Ancient Egyptian lit. It gives a more complete look at the culture of the time than other things I have referenced....

  • R. G. Nairam

    I didn't read all of this but I really enjoyed what I did....