Egyptian literature traces its beginnings to ancient Egypt and is some of the earliest known literature. Indeed, the Egyptians were the first culture to develop literature as we know it today, that is, the book. The ancient Egyptians wrote works on papyrus as well as walls, tombs, pyramids, obelisks and more. Perhaps the best known example of ancient Jehiel literature is the Story of Sinuhe ;  other well-known works include the Westcar Papyrus and the Ebers papyrus , as well as the famous Book of the Dead. While most literature in ancient Egypt was so-called " Wisdom literature " that is, literature meant for instruction rather than entertainment , there also existed myths, stories and biographies solely for entertainment purposes.
Ancient Egyptian Literature You Should Know About
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A central issue of Egyptological research is the question of dating the original composition of religious or literary texts. Very prominent is a lively debate about the date of composition of a number of literary texts, traditionally dated to the Late First Intermediate Period or the Early Middle Kingdom but known only from New Kingdom manuscripts. Over the last years, several attempts have been made to date the production of some of these texts much closer to their first physical appearance. More recently the discussion has heated up considerably with contributions that argue for a New Kingdom origin of Merikare, Neferti, and Amenemhet—a reassessment based on conceptions of Egyptian cultural history or on linguistic analysis. On the other hand, there is an equally strong tendency to retain at least the early datings or to propose even earlier ones for some literary and many more religious texts.
Ancient Egyptian Literature. These texts were written on papyrus, wood or stone. The large quantity of papyri still untranslated, allow to conjecture in the future new categories or subcategories will come to light.
The Famine Stela is an inscription written in Egyptian hieroglyphs located on Sehel Island in the Nile near Aswan in Egypt , which tells of a seven-year period of drought and famine during the reign of pharaoh Djoser of the Third Dynasty. It is thought that the stele was inscribed during the Ptolemaic Kingdom , which ruled from to 31 BC. The Famine Stela was inscribed into a natural granite block whose surface was cut into the rectangular shape of a stela.