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Ancient Egyptian Literature: Volume II: The New Kingdom

by Miriam Lichtheim and Hans-W Fischer-Elfert University of California Press
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First published in 1973 and followed by Volume II in 1976 and Volume III in 1980 this anthology has assumed classic status in the field of Egyptology and portrays the remarkable evolution of the literary forms of one of the worlds earliest civilizations. Volume I outlines the early and gradual evolution of Egyptian literary genres, including biographical and historical inscriptions carved on stone, the various classes of literary works written with pen on papyrus, and the mortuary literature that focuses on life after death. Introduced with a new foreword by Antonio Loprieno. Volume II shows the culmination of these literary genres within the single period known as the New Kingdom (1550-1080 B.C.). With a new foreword by Hans-W. Fischer-Elfert. Volume III spans the last millennium of Pharaonic civilization, from the tenth century B.C. to the beginning of the Christian era. With a new foreword by Joseph G. Manning.

Brief Chronology of the New Kingdom
Abbreviations and Symbols                               
Foreword by Hans-W. Fischer-Elfert                      

Continuity and Change                                    

            PART ONE: Monumental Inscriptions
   I. Inscriptions from Private Tombs                   
         The Autobiography of Ahmose Son of Abana       
         The Prayers of Paheri                          
         The Installation of the Vizier Rekhmire        
  II. Inscriptions from Royal Monuments                
         Obelisk Inscriptions of Queen Hatshepsut       
         From the Annals of Thutmose III                
         The Poetical Stela of Thutmose III             
         The Great Sphinx Stela of Amenhotep II at Giza 
         Stela of Amenhotep III                         
         The Later Boundary Stelae of Amenhotep IV
         Dedication Inscriptions of Seti I              
         The Kadesh Battle Inscriptions of Ramses II    
         The Poetical Stela of Merneptah (Israel Stela) 
            PART TWO: Hymns, Prayers, and a Harper's Song
The Great Hymn to Osiris                                
Two Hymns to the Sun-God                                
Hymns and Prayers from El-Amarna                        
    The Short Hymn to the Aten                          
    Two Hymns and a Prayer in the Tomb of Ay            
    The Great Hymn to the Aten                          
A Prayer and a Hymn of General Haremhab                
Three Penitential Hymns from Deir el-Medina         
     Votive Stela of Nebre with Hymn to Amen-Re      
     Votive Stela of Neferabu with Hymn to Mertseger 
     Votive Stela of Neferabu with Hymn to Ptah      
 Prayers Used as School Texts                        
     Praise of Amen-Re                               
     Prayer to Amun                                  
     Prayer to Amun                                  
     Prayer to Thoth                                 
     Prayer to Thoth                                 
 A Harper's Song from the Tomb of Neferhotep         
           PART THREE: From the Book of the Dead    
 Chapters 23, 30B, 43, 59, 77, 105, 109              
 Chapter 125                                         
                  PART FOUR: Instructions
 The Instruction of Any                              
 The Instruction of Amenemope                        
                  PART FIVE: Be a Scribe             
 Papyrus Lansing: A Schoolbook                       
 The Immortality of Writers                          
                  PART SIX: Love Poems               
 From Papyrus Chester Beatty I                       
 From Papyrus Harris 500                             
 From the Cairo Vase 1266 + 25218                    
                    PART SEVEN: Tales
 The Destruction of Mankind                          
 The Doomed Prince                                   
 The Two Brothers                                    
 Truth and Falsehood                                 
 Horus and Seth                                      
 The Report of Wenamun                               


For thirty years Miriam Lichtheim was Near East Bibliographer and Lecturer at University of California, Los Angeles. She retired in 1974 to devote herself to Egyptological research and later moved to Jerusalem where she taught at Hebrew Univer