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Egyptian Literary Compositions of the New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period

Summary of surviving compositions


Teachings preserved from beginning to end

Note too a Late Period papyrus with substantial parts of a Teaching, written in hieratic, but datable no earlier than Dynasty 26, from mention of a king of that Dynasty.

Teaching / Satire, Letter in form


Tales preserved from beginning to end

Tales, part only preserved

There is also a Late Period hieratic papyrus with substantial parts of a Tale of Meryra, for which the date of composition may be earlier than Late Period.

Lamentations, in the form of a letter

Love Songs


See too the literary style narrative known as the Tale of Isis and Ra, though this was used in healing and so falls outside the functional definition of literature.



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