By John L. Foster
Poetry, tales, hymns, prayers, and knowledge texts came upon 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, due to its very antiquity and the centuries in which the language used to be forgotten, historical Egyptian literature is a newly came upon state for contemporary readers.
This anthology bargains an in depth sampling of the entire significant genres of historical Egyptian literature. It comprises all of the texts from John Foster's prior publication Echoes of Egyptian Voices, besides choices from his Love Songs of the recent Kingdom and Hymns, Prayers, and Songs: An Anthology of old Egyptian Lyric Poetry, in addition to formerly unpublished translations of 4 longer and brief poems. Foster's translations seize the poetical fantastic thing about the Egyptian language and the spirit that impelled every one piece's composition, making those old masterworks sing for contemporary readers. An creation to historical 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