Saturday, August 25, 2007

My book list

A while back, Ms. Trisia expressed interest in my so-called book list.

Here's the first entry:

"LE-01-1. Ancient Egyptian Poetry and Prose
Collection of texts dating from 2800-1100 B.C. Ed. by Adolf Erman. Acq. May 6, 2000, from W&M Bookstore, $6 EV$5
(Consists of: Portions of the Pyramid Texts; Hymn to the Crowns; Morning Hymns; Story of Sinuhe; Story of the Shipwrecked Sailor; Story of the Herdsman; King Kheops and the Magicians; Deliverance of Mankind; Founding of a Temple; War of King Kamose (against the Hyksos); Wisdom Instructions of Ptahhotep, Kagemni, Duauf, Amennemhet, Merikeri, Sehetepibre; Dispute with the Soul; Admonitions of a Prophet; Complaint of Khekheperre-sonbu; Prophecy of Neferrohu; Complaints of the Peasant; Various Secular Songs; Various Hymns; The tale of Two Brothers; The Enchanted Prince, King Apophis and Sekenenre; Capture of Joppa; Concerning Astarte; A Ghost Story; Concerning a King and a Goddess; Quarrel of the Body and the Head; Voyage of Unamun: Exhortations to and letters of Schoolboys; Various Love Songs: Great Hymn to Amun; Hymns to Other gods.)
Reviewed: May-July 2001, Notes on Ancient Egyptian Literature."

In other words, I class it as LE(Egyptian literature), 01 for being the first in its genre, and the second 1 for being the first entry on the list. I bought it during a trip to the College of William and Mary in Virginia -- that was where Thomas Jefferson went to college.

I bought the book in 2000 and read it a year later, with the notes from that reading inscribed in a certain notebook devoted to Egyptian literature.

Not all that interesting of a post, IMHO, but there you have it. If it intrigues some of you, I'll keep going.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

you like to write about women, that's so nice.

eastcoastdweller said...

As a hero of mine once said, "What's not to like about a Woman?" And it's easy to write about what one likes.

Thanks for visiting my blog, Chocnut!

Trisia said...

Sure does.

I might be very much mistaken, but I think I remember reading at least one of them - Complaints of the Peasant (in my own language, clearly). It was pretty good, albeit a bit weird - you might have to squeeze some fruit to get the juice, but not treat humans badly to enjoy their eloquence, no matter how fun that may be.

Nice entry. Breathlessly awaiting the next.

eastcoastdweller said...

I believe that a piece of writing that has survived four thousand years, through war, fire, earthquake and whatever else, deserves to be read by every thinking person.

I'm glad a translation in Romanian was available for you, Trisia.

Since you asked, I'll post the second entry later tonight.