By Miriam Lichtheim
Chronologically prepared translations of historic Egyptian writings shed gentle upon the advance of numerous literary kinds. Bibliogs.
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Your former condition • Do not put trust in your wealth ' ~hich came to you as gift of go'd; ~? that you will not fall behind one like you, I 0 whom the same has happened. ______. 45 26. (388) Don't oppose a great man's action, Don't vex the heart of one who is burdened; If he gets angry at him who foils him, The ka l 6 will part from him who loves him. Yet he is the provider along with the god, What he wishes should be done for him. When he turns his face back to you after raging , There wi1l be peace from his ka; If you are angered by a misdeed Lean.
NOTES That the king compares himself to a dancing pygmy shows tit awe and esteem with which the Egyptians viewed them. See also lit Autobiography of Harkhuf. I. 2. ror the eternal life of the resurrected, , w h0 rvmmes h 3. are t e ron~ WIth the sun-god. Together with "Life" they form the tno te~~ which came to be regularly appended to all royal names . 4. ~e IS ~he sun-god. The plural of the term ka denotes the sum of a pe~o? s physical and mental faculties ; cf. Utterance 273-274 n 2 In addition, the term had the meaning "food-offerin "E'th ' .
T. e . The four sons of Horus, who guard the four can opi c Jars m w '~ . 3· organs were b une . d and protect the dead from hunger and thi. rst, Inner . of th~ shedding of earthly fetters in the flight to the sky, the text is a fine piece 0 poetry. I V. A Theological Treatise "THE MEMPHITE THEOLOGY" British Museum No . 498 (Shabaka Stone) The text is carved on a rectsngular slab of black granite, whic h measures 9Z X 137 em . It consists of two horizontal lines , written at the top across the entire width of the stone, and sixty -two columns whi ch begin on the left side.