Texts from the Pyramid Age
Strudwick, Nigel C.
Leprohon, Ronald J., editor
Atlanta/Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature/Brill, 2005 pp. xxxvii + 522. $39.95/$237.00
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Description: Ancient Egypt is well known for its towering monuments and magnificent statuary, but other aspects of its civilization are less well known, especially its written texts. Now Texts from the Pyramid Age provides ready access to new translations of a representative selection of texts ranging from the historically significant to the repetitive formulae of the tomb inscriptions from Old Kingdom Egypt (ca. 2700-2170 B.C.). These royal and private inscriptions, coming from both the secular and religious milieus and from all kinds of physical contexts, not only shed light on the administration, foreign expeditions, and funerary beliefs of the period but also bring to life the Egyptians themselves, revealing how they saw the world and how they wanted the world to see them. Strudwick's helpful introduction to the history and literature of this seminal period provides important background for reading and understanding these historical texts.
Subjects: Ancient Near East, Other Literature, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Ancient Egyptian
Review by Youri Volokhine
Citation: Youri Volokhine, review of Nigel C. Strudwick, Ronald J. Leprohon, ed., Texts from the Pyramid Age, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).
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