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Title: The Instruction of Ptahhotep : an ancient Egyptian literary text in context
Author: Hagen, F.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2006
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The thesis represents an attempt to reconstruct the social context or Sitzim Leben of one of the central works of the ancient Egyptian literary tradition, The Instruction of Ptahhotep. It belongs to a clearly defined genre, the sbЗyt, and the point of departure is an investigation of the primary sources of the composition itself and those of other texts from the same genre. Provenance, archaeological context, contents, appearance and the material culture are examined in detail. A number of close readings of the text itself against the background of criticism of didactic poetry as a historical phenomenon form the middle part of the work. More indirect evidence for social context, in the form of intertextual relationships (allusion and quotation), is then used to look at the text’s audience, reception and position in the ancient Egyptian ‘universe of texts’. The final part of the thesis focuses on the transmission of Ptahhotep in terms of the textual variants found in the narrative introduction in the various manuscripts, and the ways in which these variants relate to the historical period in which they are produced, primarily through a comparison of the titulary of the protagonist with that of historical high officials.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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