The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians: Poems, Narratives, and Manuals of Instruction from the Third and Second Millenia B.C., 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians

Poems, Narratives, and Manuals of Instruction from the Third and Second Millenia B.C., 1st Edition

By Adolf Erman


318 pages

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Originally published in 1927, this text contains a translation of Adolf Erman’s work into English. Erman’s original intention was to bring the songs, stories and poems that have survived from ancient Egypt to the masses of the modern world. The literature of the Egyptian world provides a real insight into the day-to-day life of one of the oldest societies known to man and this translation ensures that these insights are afforded to an English audience. This title will be of interest to students of History, Classics and Literature.

Table of Contents

Translator’s Preface; Author’s Preface; Outline of Egyptian History; By Way of Introduction; Part 1: From the Oldest Poetry; 1. From the Pyramid Texts 2. To the Crowns 3. Morning Hymns; Part 2: From the Older Period; 1. Narratives 2. Instructions in Wisdom 3. Meditations and Complaints 4. Secular Poems 5. Religious Poems; Part 3: From the New Kingdom; 1. Narratives 2. The Schools and Their Writings 3. Love Songs 4. Various Songs 5. Poems to the King 6. Religious Poems; Explanatory Notes

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Egypt