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By Elizabeth Frood

The Ramessid interval in Egypt (ca. 1290-1075 B.C.E.) corresponds to the past due Bronze Age, a time of serious switch either in Egypt and the close to East. this era of empire, ruled through the determine of Ramesses II, witnessed the most important advancements in artwork, language, and non secular demonstrate. Biographical Texts from Ramessid Egypt deals insights into those cultural modifications throughout the voices of forty-five monks, artists, civil officers, and armed forces males who served lower than the kings of the 19th and 20th Dynasties. Sixty-five biographical texts, which have been inscribed in tombs, on statues and stelae in temples, and exceedingly on temple partitions, provide information in their careers and personality. The metrically prepared translations are brought by way of descriptions of the texts huge contexts and, the place attainable, summaries of the careers in their vendors. the quantity offers an creation to the old heritage of the Ramessid interval, drawing jointly key topics and interpretive matters raised via the texts and their contexts. those comprise the illustration of relationships to deities and the king, the thematization of the priestly lifestyles, and implications of alterations within the texts media, together with new ornamental courses of nonroyal tombs. This integration of textual content with context sheds mild at the which means of biographical writing in old Egypt as an entire.

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While Assmann (1987, 36) compares this changed scene presentation with the organization of scenes on Eighteenth Dynasty stelae, the new arrangement may also emphasize processes of transition and movement that lead to, and culminate in, the shrine area of tombs. Another new feature of Ramessid tombs that reinforces their temple-like character is the inclusion of rock-cut or free-standing statues of deities in the shrine. At Thebes and Saqqara, these usually consist of single statues of Osiris, Hathor as a cow, or sacred bulls (the latter at Saqqara).

39, 40). Scenes of counting cattle and offering calves to Amun in the tomb of the assessor of cattle of the domain of Amun, Samut (no. 11: Negm 1997, pls. 8, 10–11, 18–19), may have a similar function, setting his official role in the service of the gods. Religious themes are integrated into the tomb through a new organization of wall decoration (Assmann 1987, 34–36). Earlier arrangements were governed by architectural features of the tomb so that, for example, a group of scenes would be developed within, and confined to, one section of wall.

The throne was also claimed by a rival, Amenmesse, who held power for a couple of years, perhaps largely in the south. Most of Amenmesse’s inscriptions were later usurped or erased by Sety II. The dynastic struggles continued after Sety’s death. He was succeeded by Siptah, but other powerful individuals dominate the record at this time: Tawosret, Sety II’s widow, who may have acted as regent or rival to the young 14 BIOGRAPHICAL TEXTS FROM RAMESSID EGYPT king (see no. 33), and the chancellor Bay (no.

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