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Voices of Ancient Egypt

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Individual craftsmen, artists, and laborers describe the work that they do in Egypt during the time of the Old Kingdom, and the historical note places them in context.

Voices of Ancient Egypt Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life

Author : Rosalie David
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Supporting the current trends toward document-based teaching, this book introduces the reader to the multifaceted world of ancient Egypt through revealing excerpts from 51 texts written by Egyptians themselves. • Offers a fresh yet accessible approach to the study of ancient Egypt by giving readers firsthand insights into Egyptians' own perceptions of their unique world • Illuminates the character and social history of the ancient Egyptians as well as many aspects of daily life and practice • Shows how the extensive timespan of ancient Egyptian civilization and its domination of the surrounding geographical areas exerted a profound influence that lasted through time • Demonstrates how significant aspects of ancient Egyptian culture have been transmitted to the modern world • Includes "Topics and Activities to Consider" to encourage discussion and allow readers to expand their knowledge

Voices from the Other World

Author : Naguib Mahfouz
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Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz reaches back millennia to his homeland’s majestic past in this enchanting collection of early tales that brings the world of ancient Egypt face to face with our own times. From the Predynastic Period, where a cabal of entrenched rulers banish virtue in jealous defense of their status, to the Fifth Dynasty, where a Pharaoh returns from an extended leave to find that only his dog has remained loyal, to the twentieth century, where a mummy from the Eighteenth Dynasty awakens in fury to reproach a modern Egyptian nobleman for his arrogance, these five stories conduct timeless truths over the course of thousands of years. Summoning the power and mystery of a legendary civilization, they examplify the artistry that has made Mahfouz among the most revered writers in world literature. Translated by Raymond Stock

Lost Voices of the Nile

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A fascinating exploration of the lives of normal people in ancient Egypt. Full of their own strange and amusing stories; documents their anxieties, hopes, loves and mischievous pursuits.

Lost Voices of Egypt

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This book attempts to offer some insights into an area of West Africa, that can help take the wonders of Ancient Egypt out of the realm of myths and folklore. The credit belongs to the Ancient Egyptians who had managed to keep extensive records of their history and achievements which spanned an exceptionally long period. Anang, Efik and Ibibio peoples also can be recognized, for maintaining a spoken language that has not changed very much from that spoken by the Ancient Egyptians at the various stages of their development, including a very unique culture that allows for uncomplicated linkage of these two domains .What can be gleaned from these attributes can present some formidable questions for the present, as far as could relate to our understanding of the genesis of the three main "Middle Eastern" religious movements, and the evolution of aspects of our scientific enterprise. The main object is to allow for the spoken words of the Ancient Egyptians to come to life in the form they would have understood them .The fact that other peoples such as Semites, Persians, Greeks represented ?egyptian? words a certain way, does not warrant the need to perpetuate such corruption, as this would rob the words of their true essence. Much as the ?pidgin? words ?ikobi, inokobi?, would not sound familiar to the English person as the words ?to be, or not to be?, neither could ?words? such as miri, kem, osiris represent Ancient Egyptian muara, ekim and ase respectively. The expectation is that Efik people, referenced as the representative group for the sake of simplicity, can help lead as far as possible, in refocusing on the ways and mysteries of a civilization that might have introduced to the world, the very vehicle that would eventually lead to the light.

Voices from Ancient Egypt

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Voices from Ancient Egypt is an anthology presenting translations of sixty documents from a golden age of ancient Egyptian culture (c. 2081 - 1600 BC). The documents illustrate all aspects of life and the place of literacy in an early civilisation. The 'voices' range from the high formal literature of religious rituals and royal monuments to the hurried requests of the bureaucrats and the jokes of harrassed workmen. They tell a tale not only of the intellectual beliefs of the elite, but of family feuds, love and murder, as well as the pastoral dreams of a society trying to attain its vision of absolute order in a chaotic universe. This volume is a reissue of the valuable introduction to ancient Egyptian literature, first published in 1991.

Voices of Ancient Egypt

Author : Raymond Aloysius McCoy
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Voices of Ancient Egypt

Author : Raymond Aloysius McCoy
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Voices of Ancient Egypt: What the Hieroglyphs are Saying is an anthology of hieroglyphic texts and matching translations illustrating various genres and examples of documents, inscriptions, etc. --Enchiridion Publications.

The Egyptian Philosophers

Author : Molefi Kete Asante
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Traditional Eurocentric thought assumes that Greece was the origin of civilization. This book dispels this and other myths by showing that there is a body of knowledge that preceded Greek philosophy. The author documents how the great pyramids were built in 2800 B.C., 2,100 years before Greek civilization. The popular myth of Hippocrates being the father of medicine is dispelled by the fact that Hippocrates studied the works of Imhotep, the true father of medicine, and mentioned his name in his Hippocratic oath. Eleven famous African scholars who preceded Greek philosophers are profiled: Ptahhotep, Kagemni, Duauf, Amenhotep, Amenemope, Imhotep, Amenemhat, Merikare, Sehotepibre, Khunanup, and Akhenaten. These scholars' ideas on a variety of topics are discussed, including the emergence of science and reason, the moral order, books and education, and the clash of classes.

Echoes of Egyptian Voices

Author : John Lawrence Foster
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It is a long journey from the decaying fragments of stone and papyrus upon which ancient Egyptian literature is written to finished translations of that civilization's classics. In Echoes of Egyptian Voices, translator John L. Foster shows how these bits and pieces, hints of old poems written three and four thousand years ago, come alive again to illuminate their time, revealing a spirit that is relevant today. Fascinated as we are by pyramids and mummies, we know almost nothing of Egypt's verbal heritage. The written compositions of ancient Egypt are among humanity's first--predating the ancient Greek and Hebrew texts by as much as two millennia. Almost all Egyptian literary texts are in verse, frequently in couplet form; they include a rich assortment of poetic elements, such as figurative language, imagery, nuances in vocabulary, and sound repetition. These poems are the earliest expressions of our experiences, hopes, and dreams, of our encounters with nature, people of other nations, and the gods. This literature relates the details of daily life, the ups and downs of society and politics, and the inner, sometimes turbulent or bewildered, self. Many important literary texts of ancient Egypt are recreated here through detailed, critical readings that uncover the linguistic elegance and essentially poetic nature of these brilliant pieces. Included are compositions not readily available elsewhere, such as selections from The Leiden Hymns, the conclusion to "The Testament of Amenemhat," and "Menna's Lament." Foster has crafted translations that are literary rather than literal, conveying the spirit as well as the substance of each text. The work will speak to general readers as well as to Egyptologists because these ancient voices ring true.

The Arts of Making in Ancient Egypt

Author : Gianluca Miniaci
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This book provides an innovative analysis of the conditions of ancient Egyptian craftsmanship in the light of the archaeology of production, linguistic analysis, visual representation and ethnographic research. During the past decades, the "imaginative" figure of ancient Egyptian material producers has moved from "workers" to "artisans" and, most recently, to "artists." In a search for a fuller understanding of the pragmatics of material production in past societies, and moving away from a series of modern preconceptions, this volume aims to analyze the mechanisms of material production in Egypt during the Middle Bronze Age (2000-1550 BC); to approach the profile of ancient Egyptian craftsmen through their own words, images, and artifacts; and to trace possible modes of circulation of ideas among craftsmen in material production.

Tales from Ancient Egypt

Author : Loren R. Fisher
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The Egyptian tales witness to some of the great moments in the history of Egyptian literature and represent the earliest beginnings in world literature. Many literary critics do not seem to know the importance of Egyptian prose tales told for entertainment (including C. S. Lewis, who does not know that the "marvelous that knows itself as myth" was alive and well by 1800 BCE). Unlike some other ancient states, both Israel and Egypt wrote epic tales in prose. And these great prose stories are important for the study of the Hebrew Bible. Some of the most exciting narrative prose parallels to the Hebrew Bible are found in the stories from Egypt. The details may vary, but in the setting, the purpose, the vocabulary, and the genre of the stories, one can find many similarities. Contents 1 The Story of Sinuhe: A Wanderer on the Earth 2 The Enchanted Prince 3 The Story of the Shipwrecked Sailor 4 The Journey of Wen-Amon 5 A Dialogue between a Man and His Ba

Ancient Egyptian Literature

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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.

Sacred Landscapes in Ancient Egypt

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For the ancient Egyptians the whole of the natural world was divine, not only because it was created by the gods, but more particularly because its individual parts - the sun, the sky, the Nile - were gods. Taking the Egypt of Ramesses II as his focal point, Steven Snape explores the holy landscapes of Egypt, both the natural world and the built landscape of temples, tombs and colossal statuary. Even major Egyptian cities were not shaped by the presence of humans who lived there but by their resident gods: at Thebes, for example, the spine of the city was the processional route which ran from Karnak Temple to Luxor Temple. A major aspect of the book is the extensive use of quotations from hieroglyphic texts, translated by the author, to allow the 'voices' of the ancient Egyptians to be heard. This is a revelatory and fresh exploration of how the ancient Egyptians reacted to the presence of the divine around them.

Voices from Ancient Egypt

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The Tour A Story of Ancient Egypt

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The night that hung over the sea was windless and blissfully silver-pure after the glowing splendour of the day; and the great quadrireme glided evenly and softly, as though upon a lake, under a wide firmament of stars. The thin horizon was purely outlined around the oval sea; and on this wide world there was nothing but the stars and the ship. But the ship resounded with music. There was the constantly repeated melodious phrase of the three hundred rowers, soft and monotone, in a melancholy minor, with ever the same refrain, after which the boatswain gave out the chant, after which the chorus of rowers again threw back their long, hushed phrase of melancholy, the soft, monotonous accompaniment of the wearying work, the musical encouragement to repeat the same movement of the arms and the same bending of the body over the loins. This music rose in a mournful swell from the ship’s lower deck and harmonizing with it was the soft stroke of the oars, which were like the legs of some graceful sea-animal; the ship herself, with her swanlike raised prow, suggested an elegant monster swimming through the lake-calm waters of that silvery night-world, a monster with a swan’s neck and hundreds of slender, evenly-moving legs and winged with two rose-yellow sails, which rose and bellied gently at the ship’s own motion, but did not swell, because the wind lay still. While the great, winged navigium glided upon that harmony of slaves’ song and oar-strokes, there came from the rear half-deck the blither song of the sailors idling after their work. It sounded cheerful with deep, bass male voices, without the rowers’ melancholy; and there was one sailor who gave the time in a higher voice, for the seamen were at liberty to sing, but their singing must be artistically led, because melodious music meant a prosperous voyage and averted evil chances and did not let the shrill voices of the sirens ring from under the waters and because the pure sound of the human voice kept away the rocks drifting under the sea and compelled the sea-serpent to dive back into the deep.

The Arts of Making in Ancient Egypt

Author : Gianluca Miniaci
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This book provides an innovative analysis of the conditions of ancient Egyptian craftsmanship in the light of the archaeology of production, linguistic analysis, visual representation and ethnographic research.0During the past decades, the "imaginative" figure of ancient Egyptian material producers has moved from "workers" to "artisans" and, most recently, to "artists". In a search for a fuller understanding of the pragmatics of material production in past societies, and moving away from a series of modern preconceptions, this volume aims to analyse the mechanisms of material production in Egypt during the Middle Bronze Age (2000-1550 BC), to approach the profile of ancient Egyptian craftsmen through their own words, images and artefacts, and to trace possible modes of circulation of ideas among craftsmen in material production.0The studies in the volume address the mechanisms of ancient production in Middle Bronze Age Egypt, the circulation of ideas among craftsmen, and the profiles of the people involved, based on the material traces, including depictions and writings, the ancient craftsmen themselves left and produced.0.

Voices in Stone

Author : Ernst Doblhofer
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Voices from Ancient Greece

Author : Nikolaos Lazaridis
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Voices from Ancient Greece: Sources for Greek History, Society, and Culture provides students with an engaging exploration of one of the most influential ancient civilizations of the world. Through translated ancient text discussing historical events and social and cultural practices, readers learn about aspects of ancient Greece that are often overlooked, including traveling practices, the interaction between different social groups, and the perception of foreigners, and also gain insight into the ancient Greeks' hopes, dreams, fears, and prejudices. The sources within this book are organized thematically, allowing readers to easily explore Greek authors' responses to important cultural and social issues, many of which remain top of mind today, including gender equality, sexual discrimination, the value of education, and the role religion plays in our daily lives. Introductory paragraphs to each ancient source add rich context to the readings and also offer a number of clues that students may use to assess the ancient source's historical reliability. Presenting the ancient Greeks in a highly relatable and humanistic light, Voices from Ancient Greece is ideal for courses on the history, culture, and writings of ancient Greece. Nikolaos Lazaridis is an associate professor in the Department of History at California State University, Sacramento, where he teaches courses in ancient Mediterranean history. He earned his doctorate in Egyptology and Classics from Oxford University, with expertise in ancient Egyptian and Greek languages and literatures. Currently, Dr. Lazaridis is working on ancient storytelling styles and ancient ethics, and is the head epigrapher of the North Kharga Oasis Survey team, examining ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman graffiti left behind by travelers who crossed Egypt's Western Desert.

Tales from Ancient Egypt

Author : Loren R. Fisher
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The Egyptian tales witness to some of the great moments in the history of Egyptian literature and represent the earliest beginnings in world literature. Many literary critics do not seem to know the importance of Egyptian prose tales told for entertainment (including C. S. Lewis, who does not know that the ""marvelous that knows itself as myth"" was alive and well by 1800 BCE). Unlike some other ancient states, both Israel and Egypt wrote epic tales in prose. And these great prose stories are important for the study of the Hebrew Bible. Some of the most exciting narrative prose parallels to the Hebrew Bible are found in the stories from Egypt. The details may vary, but in the setting, the purpose, the vocabulary, and the genre of the stories, one can find many similarities. Contents 1 The Story of Sinuhe: A Wanderer on the Earth 2 The Enchanted Prince 3 The Story of the Shipwrecked Sailor 4 The Journey of Wen-Amon 5 A Dialogue between a Man and His Ba ""The ancient Egyptians were masters of the prose story, from short-story to novelette. These stories are windows into history, to be sure, and as such informative of the biblical world. They are, at the same, works of wisdom, magnificent examples of the literary art. They are 'telling, ' in every sense of the word. Loren Fisher has brought the best of them together in an engaging and insightful form, enabling us to read these very old stories as if they were recounting the recent past."" --Baruch A. Levine New York University ""Fisher is at it again, making the history and literature of the ancient Near East alive for us now. Here are stories from ancient Egypt that transcend historical distance. We recognize our own interests, strengths, and weaknesses in these stories. We see also a deep kinship between the storytellers of Israel and the even earlier storytellers of Egypt. This book is of value both to the ordinary reader and to the scholar."" --John B. Cobb, Jr., Emeritus Claremont School of Theology Loren R. Fisher was Professor Hebrew Bible at the Claremont School of Theology and Professor of Semitic Languages and Literature at the Claremont Graduate University. He has taught at the University of California at Berkeley and at the University of Montana. He is the author of Genesis, A Royal Epic and the editor of The Claremont Ras Shamra Texts.