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Title: An Ancient Egyptian Literary Text in Context: The Instruction of Ptahhotep
Author: Hagen, Fredrik
Publisher: Peeters; Publication Date: 2012
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789042926004
Volumes: 1; Pages: 304
List Price in Cloth: $114.00 Our price: $90.99
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The book attempts to reconstruct the social context for Egyptian wisdom literature during the Middle and New Kingdoms (c. 2000-1000 BC), using The Instruction of Ptahhotep as a case-study. By looking at the archaeology and material culture of manuscripts, intertextual references and editorial changes to the text over time, the book traces the life of a wisdom poem from the hands of its copyists to the minds of its readers, charting its use and reception over hundreds of years.