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Wisdom Literature (Ancient Egyptian)

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Ancient Near East Religions » Egyptology

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


[ vi ] Presented as advice given by a father or sage, the Egyptian Wisdom Texts [8: 54–84, 234–42] embodied traditions and practical morality intended to assist well-to-do young men to progress in society. Preserved in schoolboy copies, the earliest works are of Ptahhotep ( c. 2400 bce ), for Kagemni ( c. 2400 bce ) (Old Kingdom) and Merikere ( c. 2200 bce ). Royal propaganda was stressed in Middle Kingdom examples, and later texts of the New Kingdom ( c. 1290 bce ) included the Maxims of Ani ( c. 1550 bce but written c. 900 bce ) and the Teachings of Amenemope ( c. 1290 bce ) [8: 214–34]. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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