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By Elizabeth Frood

The Ramessid interval in Egypt (ca. 1290-1075 B.C.E.) corresponds to the overdue Bronze Age, a time of significant switch either in Egypt and the close to East. this era of empire, ruled by means of the determine of Ramesses II, witnessed the most important advancements in artwork, language, and spiritual reveal. Biographical Texts from Ramessid Egypt bargains insights into those cultural alterations during the voices of forty-five monks, artists, civil officers, and army males who served below the kings of the 19th and 20th Dynasties. Sixty-five biographical texts, that have been inscribed in tombs, on statues and stelae in temples, and tremendously on temple partitions, provide information in their careers and personality. The metrically prepared translations are brought via descriptions of the texts huge contexts and, the place attainable, summaries of the careers in their vendors. the amount offers an advent to the historic historical past of the Ramessid interval, drawing jointly key issues and interpretive concerns raised through the texts and their contexts. those comprise the illustration of relationships to deities and the king, the thematization of the priestly lifestyles, and implications of alterations within the texts media, together with new ornamental courses of nonroyal tombs. This integration of textual content with context sheds gentle at the which means of biographical writing in old Egypt as a complete.

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Of the offices of your fathers, the seat which you used to occupy. As Re lives for me and loves me, and as my father Amun favors me, I presented to him the ≠whole± entourage, THE PRIESTHOOD AND RELATEd OFFICES (including) the chief spokesman of the ≠troops±. 3 ≠Perform beneficent acts for him± inasmuch as he desired you. I know your excellence; do more and his ≠ka will favor you±, and my ka will do so too. 4 He will give (you) the bow-line and the stern-line,5 for he ≠himself± desired you and ≠no other± who was suggested to him.

1995 [1983], 190–210; 2002 [1996], 229–46) defines “personal piety” narrowly as a textual or literary phenomenon that negotiates broader changes in the understanding of the world and the gods and is thus distinct from “popular,” local practices such as domestic shrines and votive offerings. ”14 Assmann locates the beginnings of this religious movement in the Theban festivals of the early New Kingdom, but sees its most developed form in such texts as the Ramessid biographies of Samut and Djehutyemheb (nos.

Nos. 3c, 16, 17). Distinctive features of these texts include emphasis on vital moments of divine presence, such as initiation into the priesthood and oracular action. Processes of initiation may be alluded to in some Old Kingdom biographies (see Strudwick 2005, 369, no. 270) and are a component of biographies from the Middle Kingdom (Fischer-Elfert and Grimm 2003, 71) and the early New Kingdom (Kruchten 1989, 178, 188–89). , nos. 2, 3b, 17), as well as enabling him to be present at the center of divine action.

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