Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems 1940-1640 BC.

I'm interested in Egyptology, and have heard of many of these stories before (such as The Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor). This isn't a book I'll be reading again soon, but it is interesting. I think I should have read it when I was at university (I studied Ancient History and Archaeology) to appreciate it more.What doesn't help is that many of the tales come from damaged papyrii, so you lose a lot of detail, and of course there are all the nuances lost in translation. However, if you're interested in Egyptology I'd suggest you pick this up as a bit of light reading, though it's not really a book you can read in long sessions.

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