The Tale of Sinuhe

The Tale of Sinuhe

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"The Tale of Sinuhe", from c1875 BC, has been acclaimed as the supreme masterpiece of Ancient Egyptian poetry, a perfect fusion of monumental, dramatic, and lyrical styles, and a passionate probing of its culture's ideals and anxieties. This anthology contains the substantial surviving works from the golden age of Egyptian fictional literature. Composed by an anonymous author in the form of a funerary autobiography the Tale tells how the courtier Sinuhe flees Egypt at the death of his king. Other works from the Middle Kingdom (c.1940-1640 BC) include a poetic dialogue between a man and his soul on the problem of suffering and death, a teaching about the nature of wisdom spoken by the ghost of the assassinated King Amenemhat I, and a series of light-hearted tales of wonder from the court of the builder of the Great Pyramid. These translations draw on advances in Egyptology, and together with contextualizing introductions and notes to each work provide for a literary reading of these ambiguous and fascinating poems to enable the modern reader to experience them as much as their original audience did, 3000 years ago.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 16mm | 240.4g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192839667
  • 9780192839664
  • 1,297,511

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"Parkinson's volume is to be commended, and one looks forward to more of this kind of work in the future."-- Journal of Near Eastern Studies "Parkinson's volume is to be commended, and one looks forward to more of this kind of work in the future."-- Journal of Near Eastern Studies "Parkinson's volume is to be commended, and one looks forward to more of this kind of work in the future."-- Journal of Near Eastern Studies "Parkinson's volume is to be commended, and one looks forward to more of this kind of work in the future."-- Journal of Near Eastern Studiesshow more

About R. B. Parkinson

R. B. Parkinson is Assistant Keeper in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum.show more

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