Writings from Ancient Egypt (Paperback)

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By Toby Wilkinson (Translated by), Toby Wilkinson (Introduction by)
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A collection of rare texts from Ancient Egypt, newly translated for this essential edition
The fascination that Ancient Egypt holds in our minds has many sources, but at the heart of it lie hieroglyphics. This extraordinary writing system was for many years seen as the ultimate puzzle, before finally being cracked in the 1820s. Preserved carved in stone or inked on papyri, hieroglyphic writings give a unique insight into an awe-inspiring but also deeply mysterious culture.
For this collection, Toby Wilkinson has translated a rich selection of pieces, ranging from accounts of battles to hymns to stories to royal proclamations. Entertaining and revelatory, this is an essential resource for studying one of humankind’s great civilizations.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

Toby Wilkinson is a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. He has written a number of major books on Ancient Egypt, including The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt, which won the Hessell-Tiltman prize. He has excavated at the Egyptian sites of Buto and Memphis.

Praise For…

Writings from Ancient Egypt . . . contains stories that are nearly 2,000 years old—and that until now, have been pretty much lost to a modern audience. . . . Stories such as ‘The Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor’ would have been lost to history if it wasn't for this exciting translation of ancient Egyptian writing.” —Bustle

Product Details
ISBN: 9780141395951
ISBN-10: 0141395958
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English