Ancient Egyptian Biographies : Contexts, Forms, Functions


Julie Stauder-Porchet; Elizabeth Frood; Andréas Stauder; Michael Silverstein, University of Chicago; Christopher Woods, University of Chicago; John Baines, University of Oxford; René van Walsem, University of Leiden; Pascal Vernus, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris; Laurent Coulon, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Université Paris Sciences & Lettres (EPHE, PSL, UMR 8546 AOROC); Juan Carlos Moreno García, CNRS, UMR 8167 “Orient et Méditerranée,” Paris; Sabine Kubisch, Indepedent Scholar; Katalin Anna Kóthay, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest; Maria Michela Luiselli, Indepedent Scholar; David Klotz, Indepedent Scholar


(Auto-)biography is a genre of ancient Egyptian written discourse that was central to high culture from its earliest periods. Belonging to the nonroyal elites, these texts present aspects of individual lives and experience, sometimes as narratives of key events, sometimes as characterizations of personal qualities. Egyptian (auto-) biographies offer a unique opportunity to examine the ways in which individuals fashioned distinctive selves for display and the significance of the physical, religious, and social contexts they selected. The present volume brings together specialists from a range of relevant periods, approaches, and interests. The studies collected here examine Egyptian (auto-)biographies from a variety of complementary perspectives: (1) anthropological and contrastive perspectives; (2) the original Old Kingdom settings; (3) text format and language; (4) social dimensions; and (5) religious experience. 



August 10, 2020


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