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Donnerstag, 16.01.2014, 19:00 , Rosshofgasse 2, CH-4051 Basel: "Schnitz" Raum S 02 (Tram 3, Bus 30 und 34: Haltestelle Universität)

Dr. Chloé Ragazzoli, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne

Scribes’ self-fashioning in the New Kingdom. Scribal literature and the manuscripts of Late Egypt miscellanies

Abstract der Referentin

 
In the New Kingdom (c. 1539-1075 BC) scribes – ‘those who write in Egyptian’ – took a prominent role in literary texts. There they constructed and promoted a self-image, framing themselves as the members of a specific ‘social world’ defined by their profession rather than belonging to a social class.
This period corresponds to the flourishing of sources dedicated to the scribal trade, especially the Late Egyptian Miscellanies aka ‘Teaching by letters’. These collections of small texts were scribal tools and a vademecum of the textual production of the time. Kept by the scribe throughout his career and accompanying him to his tomb, they were a device for producing other texts, while the two other types of teaching, ‘Teaching to clear the mind’ (onomastica) and ‘Teaching from examples’ (wisdom texts) dealt respectively with theoretical and practical knowledge.

Considered as artefacts, these manuscripts witness to a range of social and cultural practices that will be discussed during this lecture.

 

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