Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dramatic Reading of the Tale of Sinuhe (in Egyptian)



Here's a chance to hear ancient Egyptian read aloud: The Tale of Sinuhe read dramatically by Orlando Mezzabotta. Click here.

The Tale of Sinuhe, one of the finest literary works of ancient Egypt, has often been of interest to biblical scholars because of parallel themes with biblical texts and because of descriptions of Canaan in the tale. It is set in the aftermath of the death of Pharaho Amenemhat I in the early 20th century BCE. The tale may have been composed only shortly after the time of this narrative setting, althought the earliest manuscript of the tale that we have is from ca. 1800 BCE. To download an English translation, click here (PDF).

2 Comments:

OpenID anumma.com said...

Thanks for this. I find, too, that he has a nice page explaining something of his presuppositions, methods, and goals for the project:
http://xoomer.virgilio.it/omezzabo/Sinuhe/Sinuhe.htm

It would be fun to attempt some similar risk-taking with other Egyptian texts and, perhaps more confidently, some Akkadian works.

Fri Mar 19, 10:23:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger S and C said...

Yes, by all means, readers should check out his assumptions and disclaimers! Thanks, ---SLC

Fri Mar 19, 11:00:00 AM GMT-5  

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