Ancient Egyptian literature : an anthology by John L. Foster

By John L. Foster

Poetry, tales, hymns, prayers, and knowledge texts stumbled on beautiful written expression in historical Egypt whereas their literary opposite numbers have been nonetheless being recited round fireplace fires in historic Greece and Israel. but, as a result of its very antiquity and the centuries within which the language used to be forgotten, historical Egyptian literature is a newly stumbled on kingdom for contemporary readers.

This anthology deals an in depth sampling of the entire significant genres of historical Egyptian literature. It contains all of the texts from John Foster's earlier e-book Echoes of Egyptian Voices, in addition to choices from his Love Songs of the hot Kingdom and Hymns, Prayers, and Songs: An Anthology of old Egyptian Lyric Poetry, in addition to formerly unpublished translations of 4 longer and brief poems. Foster's translations trap the poetical fantastic thing about the Egyptian language and the spirit that impelled each one piece's composition, making those historical masterworks sing for contemporary readers. An creation to old Egyptian literature and its translation, in addition to short information regarding the authorship and date of every choice, completes the volume.

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Then I descended to the shore near where the ship was. I hailed the crew And offered thanks beside the sea to the Lord of the Isle; and those on board did likewise. The Poems  6732 Foster / ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LITERATURE / sheet 42 of 298 It was a voyage which we then made northwards toward the Royal City of the King; And we arrived home after two months, just as he had said. Then I entered to my Sovereign and presented him these gifts which I had fetched him from the island. He offered thanks to God for my existence before the courts and councils of the Land; And I was made a royal Follower and given two hundred servants.

A piece of wood of some sort hit me, and then the ship was dead. Of those fine men, not one survived, except for me— see, down here, beside you. 17 10:59 Then he said to me, ‘‘Fear not! fear not!  A N C I E N T E G Y P T I A N L I T E R AT U R E 6732 Foster / ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LITERATURE / sheet 39 of 298 My little man, you must not pale your face so— you have reached me! Look, God has let you live that he might bring you to this phantom isle. There is nothing that it does not have, it is full of every fine and lovely thing!

What joy for one who lives to tell the things he has been through when the suffering is over! ‘‘But let me tell you just a little story, a bit like yours, which happened on this very isle while I was here living with companions and my children in one great extended family. We totalled five and seventy persons, consisting of my offspring, relatives, and friends (I cannot bear to dwell on a small daughter brought to me through prayer): ‘‘A star fell and they were gone, gone up in flame. It happened when I could not be there .

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