Barley was there and emmer, and no end of cattle of all kinds. It's fascinating and surprisingly movin A wonderful collection of old and largely forgotten Egyptian poems that conjure up this lost world more vividly than the ubiquitous images of pyramids. The Words of Neferti, addressed Hamlet-style from the ghost of a murdered king to his son, gets some spooky atmosphere; I like it. A champion was he without peer, He had subdued it all. I was in the favor of the king, until the day of landing came.
And there were made for me many dainties, and milk prepared in every way. If he is truly appeased today, may he hearken to the prayer of one far away! So, the first verse is an introduction of Sinuhe, and the second is informing the death of the Pharaoh. I called each one by his name, while every butler was at his task. I think I want to read more from his Egyptian writings. He made the flight in fear of you, He left the land in dread of you! He explains his big fear of chaos. He will not fail to do good to a land that will be loyal to him.
The fun of these poems is that it takes a bit to feel yourself quite a home in them, but the more you read, the more familiar they become. Something my father always says is that he one day wants to move back to his home country and live the rest of his days there. In the text, Sinuhe leaves Egypt on an expedition only later to hear that the King has been assassinated. It encourages more sympathy from the reader to the narrator by mimicking intimacy and confidence. Copy of the decree brought to this servant concerning his return to Egypt: Horus: Living in Births; the Two Ladies: Living in Births; the King of Upper and Lower Egypt: Kheperkare; the Son of Re: Sesostris who lives forever.
Loaves were made for me daily, and wine as daily fare, cooked meat, roast fowl, as well as desert game. Your Majesty will do as he wishes! He married me to his eldest daughter. This servant is in the hand of one who thinks about him. The notes informs this is because of an implicit allusion native Egyptian would have caught that the Pharaoh's death was an assassination. A man sped for lack of one whom he should send; but I am a plenteous owner of slaves. And all the gear that is placed in a tomb-shaft went to its equipment.
I am indeed like a stray bull in a strange herd, whom the bull of the herd charges, whom the longhorn attacks. Lo, this flight which the servant made---I did not plan it. Then his majesty sent a trusted overseer of the royal domains with whom were loaded ships, bearing royal gifts for the Asiatics who had come with me to escort me to Horusways. May I greet the mistress of the land who is in the palace! The Disney version of Cinderella is a fairy tale that implies mistreatment of people. However, he missed Egypt terribly and did not wish to be buried abroad. May I be conducted to the city of eternity! Since they believed in more than one god, they believed in Osiris, the earthbound god of the dead, and Re, the sun god. Land gave me to land.
The Words of Khakheprreseneb 7. Nor am I a haughty man. Sinuhe was an apparently strong, virtuous character that strived against all odds to find himself rise literally from a exiled soldier, to an accomplished warrior and leader of great lands. Departing at dawn I encountered a man who stood on the road. Years were removed from my body. A master sculptor carved in it. He's near dying of old age and he wants to be buried in Egypt, so he entreats the God he supposes sent him into the Retjenu lands to return him.
It intrigues me personally though that Sinuhe becomes successful and well respected in Lebanon and southern Syria, yet does not want to continue his days there. The Bowmen flee before him, As before the might of the goddess; As he fights he plans the goal, Unconcerned about all else. A face that sees you shall not pale, Eyes that see you shall not fear! The teaching of King Amenenmhat 10. For old age has come; feebleness has overtaken me. But I can also say that he flew away because he fears for his life.
The Dialogue of a Man and his Soul 8. Fuck Sinuhe, but not really. There are introductions and exhaustive notes to each of the twenty or so poems in this book. This is from The Words of Khakheperreseneb, about whom all we know is that he was a bummer. May he do the like again so as to ennoble the end of him whom he had abased, his heart grieving for him whom he had compelled to live abroad.
I found compellilng as literature was the Dialogue of a Man and His Soul. A curber of horns is he, a weakener of hands; his enemies cannot marshal their ranks. Lots of officious praise of the Pharaoh, and some confusing shuffling of blame about himself. Too long a roaming of the earth! Sinuhe gives up his title to return to Egypt to be buried and to have eternal life, because he would serve as the king of Egypt's servant. The tale is a first-person account of an Egyptian aristocrat Sinuhe who, while on campaign in Libya, flees to Syria when the Pharaoh dies. No Asiatic makes friends with a Delta-man.