The literature of ancient Egypt : an anthology of stories, instructions, stelae, autobiographies, and poetry / edited and with an introduction by William Kelly Simpson ; with translations by Robert K. Ritner ... [et al.].

3rd ed.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2003.
xiii, 598 p., [5] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.


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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.
Previous ed.: 1973.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 531-598).
Language note
Translated from the Egyptian.
  • Introduction / by William Kelly Simpson -- pt. 1. Narratives and tales of Middle Egyptian literature. King Cheops and the magicians -- The tale of the eloquent peasant -- The shipwrecked sailor -- The story of Sinuhe -- pt. 2. Late Egyptian stories. The quarrel of Apophis and Seknenre -- The capture of Joppa -- The tale of the doomed prince -- The tale of the two brothers -- The contendings of Horus and Seth -- The blinding of Truth by Falsehood -- Astarte and the insatiable sea -- A ghost story -- The report of Wenamon -- pt. 3. Instructions, lamentations, and dialogues. The instruction of Hardedef (first part) -- The maxims of Ptahhotep -- The teaching for the Vizier Kagemni -- The teaching for King Merikare -- The teaching of King Amenemhet I for his son Senwosret -- The loyalist instruction from the Sehetepibre stela -- The instruction of a man for his son -- The man who was weary of life -- The admonitions of an Egyptian sage -- The lamentations of Khakheperre-sonbe -- The prophecies of Neferty -- The instruction of Amunnakhte -- The instruction of Amenemope -- pt. 4. From the religious literature. Selections from the Pyramid texts -- Selections from the Coffin texts -- Book of the dead 125: "The negative confession" -- The hymn to the Aten -- Penitential hymns -- The book of the heavenly cow.
  • pt. 5. Songs and royal hymns. Cycle of songs in honor of Senwosret III -- The love songs and the song of the Harper -- pt. 6. Royal stelae. The Semna stela -- The Neferhotep stela -- The Kamose texts -- The poetical stela of Thutmose III -- The Israel stela -- The Bentresh stela -- The victory stela of Piye -- The famine stela -- The Satrap stela -- pt. 7. Autobiographies. Three autobiographies of the Old Kingdom -- The stela of Tjetji -- Amenemhet and Khnumhotep II at Beni Hasan -- The stela of Iykhernofret -- pt. 8. Scribal traditions. The satire on the trades: the instruction of Dua-Khety -- The scribal traditions in the schools -- pt. 9. Demotic literature. The prophecy of the lamb -- The tale of Amasis and the skipper -- The romance of Setna Khaemuas and the mummies (Setna I) -- The adventures of Setna and Si-Osire (Setna II) -- The childhood of Si-Osire -- The magician Hihor -- The fable of the swallow and the sea -- The instruction of 'Onchsheshonqy.
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