The Satire of the Trades #1: books are great!I think many of us would agree!
As promised, the first excerpt from The Satire of the Trades
(a nice short one to start you off). The Satire
was an ancient Egyptian text used by students to practice their hieratic writing. It's narrated by a father, Dua-khety, speaking to his son Pepi as he takes him to the 'residence' to attend school.
The text is generally accepted as being at least a little satirical, though Egyptologist Wolfgang Helck argued it was written in all seriousness.
Either way, we get a few glimpses into some of the manual trades of ancient Egypt.
I've created 20 excerpts; I'll post one a day. Have a read and see what you think over the next couple of weeks. Satirical or not satirical?Extras
- Papyrus Sallinger 2 is the most complete version we have of the text; see it on the British Museum website here: http://ttshr.co/1zF8bA1
- You can read the full translation in Miriam Lichtheim's Ancient Egyptian Literature
Volume I, or online here: http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/texts/instructions_of_kheti.htm
. The translations I'm sharing have come from Lichtheim.
- The photo I've used is one I took of an ageing farmer from the tomb decoration of Nebamun, now in the British Museum.Enjoy! #Egyptology #AncientLanguages #LearnHieroglyphs #Satire