Excerpt from Theban Ostraca: Edited From the Originals, Now Mainly in the Royal Ontario Museum of Archaeology, Toronto, and the Bodleian Library, Oxford; Part I. Hieratic Texts; Part II. Demotic Texts; Part III. Greek Texts; Part IV. Coptic Texts
Perhaps the beginning of a lost book of didactic nature. Why the scribe wrote the words 'thoth, master of the hieroglyphs' in rec/o I is not clear. Lines 2 - 3 give the normal beginning of a book of this kind Beginning of the instruction which a man made for [his] son. [give] thy heart to that which I say to thee; act according to. The remaining lines of the recto are too fragmentary to be intelligible. Note the rare word mm 'grief' in 7, as also above in A 1. 2. The verso is no less obscure than the recto we appear to have the ends of the lines complete. In 4 there is the trace of a date day 13 being the usual memorandum of the scribe as to when the following words were written. Then follows a sentence of proverbial (p) nature, He who is free from changes is 3. Lord of wealth at this point the text comes abruptly to an end.
A 3. Limestone, inscribed on one side only in a large Ramesside literary hand. Red verse-points. Height 16 cm., breadth 16 cm.
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