The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts

The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts

Hardback Sbl - Writings from the Ancient World

By (author) James P. Allen, Edited by Peter Der Manuelian

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  • Publisher: Brill
  • Format: Hardback | 474 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 246mm x 36mm | 975g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Leiden
  • ISBN 10: 9004137777
  • ISBN 13: 9789004137776
  • Sales rank: 2,113,967

Product description

"The Pyramid Texts" are the oldest body of extant literature from ancient Egypt. First carved on the walls of the burial chambers in the pyramids of kings and queens of the Old Kingdom, they provide the earliest comprehensive view of the way in which the ancient Egyptians understood the structure of the universe, the role of the gods, and the fate of human beings after death. Their importance lies in their antiquity and in their endurance throughout the entire intellectual history of ancient Egypt. This volume contains the complete translation of the "Pyramid Texts", including new texts recently discovered and published. It incorporates full restorations and readings indicated by post-Old Kingdom copies of the texts and is the first translation that presents the texts in the order in which they were meant to be read in each of the original sources. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature.

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James P. Allen, Ph.D. (1981) in Egyptology, University of Chicago, is Curator of Egyptian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the author of The Art of Medicine in Ancient Egypt (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Press), The Heqanakht Papyri (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs (Cambridge University Press), and other books on ancient Egypt.