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- DescriptionMainly dedicated to hieratic manuscripts from the Tebtunis temple library and contains contributions by Alexandra von Lieven, J F Quack, and Kim Ryholt. The Tebtunis temple library is the only ancient Egyptian temple library of which substantial remains are preserved, and the immense material -- estimated at several hundred manuscripts -- makes it by far the richest, single source of Egyptian literary texts. The present volume is introduced by a survey of the hieratic and hieroglyphic manuscripts from the temple library. The main genres are discussed and conclusions are drawn concerning the sort of compositions transmitted in hieratic as well as the cultural values which lie behind the choices. The survey is followed by full editions of a series of religious texts: an Osiris liturgy, the Ritual of Bringing Sokar out of the Shetit (previously kwn only from monumental hieroglyphic versions from temples and manuscripts for funerary use), the Votive Cubit (otherwise kwn essentially from fragments of the original stone cubits), the Nine-Headed Bes (a parallel to the famous illustrated Brooklyn papyrus but with a fuller description of how the practitioner should proceed), and the Ritual of Opening the Mouth (one version written for Sobek, lord of Tebtunis, the others for Sokar-Osiris). The volume further includes a slip of papyrus with four book-titles, a papyrus with a coloured drawing of an offering scene, and a decorated band for tying up a papyrus roll.
- Author BiographyKim Ryholt is professor of Egyptology at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of The Political Situation in Egypt During the Second Intermediate Period C. 18001550 B. C. and Narrative Literature from the Tebtunis Temple Library, both also published by Museum Tusculanum Press.
- PublisherMuseum Tusculanum Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2006
- LanguageEgyptian & English & German
- SubjectNon-Christian Religions
- Place of PublicationCopenhagen
- Country of PublicationDenmark
- ImprintMuseum Tusculanum Press
- Content Note40 plates
- Weight1090 g
- Width213 mm
- Height302 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edited byKim Ryholt
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