The Tale of Sinuhe
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss The Tale of Sinuhe, one of the most celebrated works of ancient Egyptian literature. Written around four thousand years ago, the poem narrates the story of an Egyptian official who is exiled to Syria before returning to his homeland some years later. The number of versions of the poem, which is known from several surviving papyri and inscriptions, suggests that it was seen as an important literary work; although the story is set against a backdrop of real historical events, most scholars believe that the poem is a work of fiction.
Professor of Egyptology and Fellow of Queen's College at the University of Oxford
Senior Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool.
Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol
Producer: Thomas Morris.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Miroslav Bárta (trans. R. Landgráfová), Sinuhe, The Bible, and The Patriarchs (Set Out, 2003)
Janine Bourriau, Pharaohs and Mortals: Egyptian Art in the Middle Kingdom (Cambridge University Press, 1988)
D. Damrosch et al., The Longman Anthology of World Literature: Volume A: The Ancient World (Longman, 2008)
Wolfram Grajetzki, The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt: History, Archaeology and Society (Bloomsbury, 2013)
Miriam Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature: A Book of Readings I: The Old and Middle Kingdoms (University of California Press, 2006)
Alan B. Lloyd (ed.), A Companion to Ancient Egypt (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)
R. B. Parkinson, The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems 1940–1640 BC (Oxford University Press, 1999)
R. B. Parkinson, Poetry and Culture in Middle Kingdom Egypt: A Dark Side to Perfection (Equinox, 2010)
R. B. Parkinson, Reading Ancient Egyptian Poetry: Among Other Histories (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
R. B. Parkinson, Voices from Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Middle Kingdom Writings (British Museum Press, 1991)
M. Puchner et al. (ed.), The Norton Anthology of World Literature Vol. A (W. W. Norton and Company, 2012)
Janet Richards, Society and Death in Ancient Egypt: Mortuary Landscapes of the Middle Kingdom (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
W. K. Simpson (ed.), The Literature of Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Stories, Instructions, Stelae, Autobiographies, and Poetry (Yale University Press, 2003)
|Interviewed Guest||Richard Parkinson|
|Interviewed Guest||Roland Enmarch|
|Interviewed Guest||Aidan Dodson|