By John L. Foster
Poetry, tales, hymns, prayers, and knowledge texts stumbled on beautiful written expression in historic Egypt whereas their literary opposite numbers have been nonetheless being recited round fireplace fires in old Greece and Israel. but, as a result of its very antiquity and the centuries within which the language was once forgotten, old Egyptian literature is a newly came across nation for contemporary readers.
This anthology deals an in depth sampling of all of the significant genres of historical Egyptian literature. It comprises the entire texts from John Foster's earlier publication Echoes of Egyptian Voices, besides choices from his Love Songs of the hot Kingdom and Hymns, Prayers, and Songs: An Anthology of old Egyptian Lyric Poetry, in addition to formerly unpublished translations of 4 longer and brief poems.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 catch the poetical great thing about the Egyptian language and the spirit that impelled each one piece's composition, making those historical masterworks sing for contemporary readers. An advent 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