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Voices from Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Middle Kingdom Writings Paperback – March 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714109614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714109619
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Richard Parkinson is an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Susan at the British Museum. His other publications include The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems; Poetry and Culture in Middle Kingdom Egypt: A Dark side to Perfection, and Cracking Codes: The Rosetta Stone and Decipherment.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kimba Girl on March 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
This anthology is unique in that it includes not only tales, biographies, and wisdom literature, but also contains samples of medical texts, letters, and even "cartoons." By providing such a mixture of writings from ancient Egypt, Parkinson's book is able to offer us a glimpse into the lives of individuals from a wide spectrum of Egyptian society. His translations are accurate, yet he succeeds in capturing the flavor of the time as well. This is that rare combination of a scholarly yet entertaining work. I would recommend it for anyone's library!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2004
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I have used this book several times for world and western history courses, and my students have really enjoyed it. The collection has the advantage of having a wide variety of types of sources that portray all aspects of Egyptian life during this period. The selections are lively and very readable. They are also fairly short (sometimes a bonus in students' opinions) but long enough to get a sense of the genre and subject matter of each text. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in ancient Egyptian society in general, and for anyone looking for a good primary source reader in this area for both general, freshmen courses and for upper level courses on Egyptian history.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Harrison on December 14, 2001
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I really enjoyed reading this selection of ancient Egyptian writings from the Middle Kingdom. Parkinson did an excellent job in editing and writing those opening introductions to each section. I really loved the one on the Maat and the king, though all of them were equally interesting. It's great to read ancient Egyptian writings. It really gives you a feel for what these people thought was important. Lots of small tidbits you would never have thought exixted. An excellent book for all to read, a must for the Egyptologist!
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