By John L. Foster
Poetry, tales, hymns, prayers, and knowledge texts came across beautiful written expression in old Egypt whereas their literary opposite numbers have been nonetheless being recited round fireplace fires in historic Greece and Israel. but, as a result of its very antiquity and the centuries within which the language used to be forgotten, historical Egyptian literature is a newly found state for contemporary readers.
This anthology deals an in depth sampling of all of the significant genres of historical Egyptian literature. It comprises all of the texts from John Foster's past publication Echoes of Egyptian Voices, in addition to decisions from his Love Songs of the recent Kingdom and Hymns, Prayers, and Songs: An Anthology of historic Egyptian Lyric Poetry, in addition to formerly unpublished translations of 4 longer and brief poems. Foster's translations seize the poetical great thing about the Egyptian language and the spirit that impelled each one piece's composition, making those historic masterworks sing for contemporary readers. An advent to old Egyptian literature and its translation, in addition to short information regarding the authorship and date of every choice, completes the volume.
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Ancient Egyptian Literature: An Anthology by John L. Foster