Texts from the Pyramid Age

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Ancient Egypt is well known for its towering monuments and magnificent statuary, but other aspects of its civilization are less well known, especially its written texts. Now Texts from the Pyramid Age provides ready access to new translations of a representative selection of texts ranging from the historically significant to the repetitive formulae of the tomb inscriptions from Old Kingdom Egypt (ca. 2700-2170 B.C.). These royal and private inscriptions, coming from both the secular and religious milieus and from...

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Overview

Ancient Egypt is well known for its towering monuments and magnificent statuary, but other aspects of its civilization are less well known, especially its written texts. Now Texts from the Pyramid Age provides ready access to new translations of a representative selection of texts ranging from the historically significant to the repetitive formulae of the tomb inscriptions from Old Kingdom Egypt (ca. 2700-2170 B.C.). These royal and private inscriptions, coming from both the secular and religious milieus and from all kinds of physical contexts, not only shed light on the administration, foreign expeditions, and funerary beliefs of the period but also bring to life the Egyptians themselves, revealing how they saw the world and how they wanted the world to see them. Strudwick’s helpful introduction to the history and literature of this seminal period provides important background for reading and understanding these historical texts. Like other volumes in the Writings from the Ancient World series, this work will soon become a standard with students and scholars alike.

Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589831384
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: Writings from the Ancient World
  • Pages: 564
  • Sales rank: 923,139
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Nigel C. Strudwick, Ph.D. in Egyptology (1983), University of Liverpool, is Assistant Keeper, Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, at The British Museum. He has worked in Egypt since 1979, since 1984 in the "Tombs of the Nobles" at Luxor. He is the co-author, with Helen Strudwick, of Thebes in Egypt: A Guide to the Tombs and Temples of Ancient Luxor, and co-editor, with Helen Strudwick, of The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture.

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Table of Contents

I Introduction 1
II Annals and lists of kings 65
III Texts from temples 81
IV Royal decrees 97
V Objects bearing royal names 129
VI Rock inscriptions of kings and expedition leaders 133
VII Quarry and constructional marks and phyle texts 153
VIII Graffiti 161
IX State administrative texts 165
X Letters 175
XI Private legal texts 185
XII A selection of offering formulae and titles 209
XIII Appeals to the living and warnings to evildoers and the uninitiated 217
XIV Commemorative and dedicatory texts 239
XV Texts relating to payment of workmen and tomb acquisition 251
XVI Biographical texts from the Memphite region 261
XVII Biographical texts from the provinces 327
XVIII Texts of women 379
XIX Captions to tomb scenes 401
XX Miscellaneous texts from tombs and objects in tombs 423
XXI Addendum 437
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