Biographical Texts from Ramessid Egypt

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The Ramessid period in Egypt (ca. 1290-1075 B.C.E.) corresponds to the Late Bronze Age, a time of great change both in Egypt and the Near East. This period of empire, dominated by the figure of Ramesses II, witnessed crucial developments in art, language, and religious display. Biographical Texts from Ramessid Egypt offers insights into these cultural transformations through the voices of forty-five priests, artists, civil officials, and military men who served under the kings of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Dynasties. Sixty-five biographical texts, which were inscribed in tombs, on statues and stelae in temples, and exceptionally on temple walls, give details of their careers and character. The metrically arranged translations are introduced by descriptions of the texts' monumental contexts and, where possible, summaries of the careers of their owners. The volume provides an introduction to the historical background of the Ramessid period, drawing together key themes and interpretive issues raised by the texts and their contexts. These include the representation of relationships to deities and the king, the thematization of the priestly life, and implications of changes in the texts' media, including new decorative programs of nonroyal tombs. This integration of text with context sheds light on the meaning of biographical writing in ancient Egypt as a whole. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)

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Contents

The Priesthood and Related Offices
35
3ad The Block Statues and Inscriptions of Roma from Karnak
46
The Scribe Statue of Amenhotep
60
The Reward Tableau of Amenhotep
68
The Inscription of Amenhotep on the Back of the Thutmosid
77
Other Priesthood and Temple Staff in Thebes
84
2ab The Tomb of Djehutyemheb Overseer of Fieldworkers of
91
The Abydos Priesthood
97
30
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34
181
The Military
189
38
195
The Door Jambs of the Overseer of the Army Nehesy from
200
The Stela of the seftofficer Ramose from Wadi elSebua
211
Texts from Deir elMedina
219
The Stela of the Sculptor Qen
227

The Statue of Nebenmaat Priest of Abydos
103
Artists
117
20ab The Saqqara Tomb of the Chief Goldsmith Amenemone
129
22ab The Theban Tomb of Nakhtdjehuty Chief of Craftsmen
136
24
143
26a
156
28
166
Notes
233
Sources
257
Glossary
263
Bibliography
273
Index
291
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About the author (2007)

Elizabeth Frood is University Lecturer in Egyptology at the Faculty of Oriental Studies and fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford. She is co-author of Woodcutters, Potters and Doorkeepers: Service Personnel of the Deir el-Medina Workmen (Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten).

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