The Tale of Sinuhe

Paperback | April 26, 2009

Translated byR. B. Parkinson

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The Tale of Sinuhe, from c.1875 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 all the substantial survivingworks 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 aman 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 new translations draw on recent andinnovative advances in Egyptology, and together with contextualizing introductions and notes to each work provide for the first time a literary reading of these ambiguous and fascinating poems to enable the modern reader to experience them as much as their original audience did, three thousand yearsago.

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The Tale of Sinuhe, from c.1875 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 all the substantial survivingworks from the golden age of Egyptian fictional ...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pagesPublished:April 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199555621

ISBN - 13:9780199555628

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PrefaceNote on the TranslationsSelect BibliographyChronologyMapIntroductionPart I: Tales1. The Tale of Sinuhe2. The Tale of the Eloquent peasant3. The Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor4. The Tale of King Cheops' CourtPart II: Discourses5. The Words of Neferti6. The Words of Khakheperreseneb7. The Dialogue of a Man and his Soul8. The Dialogue of Ipuur and the Lord of AllPart III: Teachings9. The Teaching of King Amenemhat10. The Teaching for King Merikare11. The "Loyalist" Teaching12. The Teaching of the Vizier Ptahhotep13. The Teaching of KhetyPart IV: Phrases and Fragments14. Phrases and FragmentsGlossary

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"Classicists interested in the development of ancient lyric and epic will find plenty to enjoy in Parkinson's elegant and subtle collection of translations of the principal Egyptian literary texts dating to the period known as the Middle Kingdom ... His beautiful translations and thorough,informative yet unobtrusive commentaries work together to convey strongly the poetic qualities of the Egyptian originals ... Parkinson has produced a book of lasting value here, whose high quality and easy yet authoritative presentation will make these too-long-obscure poems accessible to a wideraudience in comparative literary studies, and (I hope) beyond." --Dominic Montserrat, The Classical Review 09/06/1999