Lingua Aegyptia

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Gerald Moers, Kai Widmaier, Antonia Giewekemeyer, Arndt Lümers & Ralf Ernst (eds.)

Dating Egyptian Literary Texts

“Dating Egyptian Literary Texts” Göttingen, 9–12 June 2010, Volume 1

LingAeg StudMon 11, cloth, xiv + 653 pages (incl. 17 b/w figures and 11 color illustrations)
ISSN: 0946-8641
ISBN: 978-3-943955-11-8
Hamburg 2013


A central issue of Egyptological research is the question of dating the original composition of religious or literary texts. Very prominent is a lively debate about the date of composition of a number of literary texts, traditionally dated to the Late First Intermediate Period or the Early Middle Kingdom but known only from New Kingdom manuscripts. Over the last years, several attempts have been made to date the production of some of these texts much closer to their first physical appearance. More recently the discussion has heated up considerably with contributions that argue for a New Kingdom origin of Merikare, Neferti, and Amenemhet—a reassessment based on conceptions of Egyptian cultural history or on linguistic analysis. On the other hand, there is an equally strong tendency to retain at least the early datings or to propose even earlier ones for some literary and many more religious texts.

This volume presents both overviews and in-depth case studies of current Egyptological dating practices and methods. While giving the ‘state of the art’ of dating Egyptian literary texts, the book also addresses important methodological issues to provide a basis for future research.


  Preface ix–x
  Invitation Letter xi–xii
  Conference Programme xiii
  Speakers and Participants xiv
Gerald Moers Vom Verschwinden der Gewissheiten

  I Materiality  
Andreas Dorn Kulturelle Topografie literarischer Texte.  Versuch einer Funktions- und Bedeutungsbestimmung literarischer Texte  im Mittleren Reich anhand ihrer archäologischen Kontexte 73–109
Ogden Goelet, Jr. Reflections on the Format and Paleography of the Kemyt. Implications for the Sitz im Leben of Middle Egyptian Literature  in the Ramesside Period 111–121
R. B. Parkinson Sailing Past Ellsinore.  Interpreting the Materiality of Middle Kingdom Poetry 123–137
Ursula Verhoeven Literatur im Grab – der Sonderfall Assiut

  II  Linguistics  
Alexandra von Lieven Why Should We Date Texts by Historic Linguistic Dating? 161–176
Simon D. Schweitzer Dating Egyptian Literary Texts: Lexical Approaches 177–190
Pascal Vernus   La datation de L’Enseignement d’Aménemopé.  Le littéraire et le linguistique 191–236
Daniel A. Werning Linguistic Dating of the Netherworld Books  Attested in the New Kingdom. A Critical Review

  III  Texts and Methods: The Egyptological Discussion  
Antonia Giewekemeyer Perspektiven und Grenzen der Nutzung literarischer Texte  als historische Quellen. Zu Versuchen, ‚Geschichte‘ aus der  Geschichte über die Vorhersagen des Neferti herauszulesen 285–365
Andrea M. Gnirs Geschichte und Literatur.  Wie „historisch“ sind ägyptische literarische Texte? 367–403
Joachim Friedrich Quack Irrungen, Wirrungen?  Forscherische Ansätze zur Datierung der älteren ägyptischen Literatur 405–469
Dirk van der Plas Dating the Hymn to Hapi. An Update of the Late Date 471–482
Kai Widmaier Die Lehre des Cheti und ihre Kontexte. Zu Berufen und Berufsbildern im Neuen Reich

  IV  Texts and Methods: Comparative Perspectives  
Michael Stolz Early versions in medieval textual traditions.  Wolfram’s Parzival as a test case 561–587
John Van Seters, Dating the Admonitions of Ipuwer and Biblical Narrative Texts.  A Comparative Study 589–598
Stuart Weeks Texts without Contexts. The Dating of Biblical Texts

  Index of names 619–621
  Index of texts, text passages and manuscripts 623–639
  Index of topics 641–650
  Index of words and grammatical terms 651–653