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By Miriam Lichtheim / University of California Press / 1975–1980
Survey the remarkable literary evolution of one of the world’s earliest civilizations with Lichtheim’s classic three-part work. First published in 1973—and followed by volume 2 in 1976 and volume 3 in 1980—this anthology has assumed classic status in the field of Egyptology.
Lichtheim’s carefully chosen book of readings from one of the earliest literatures in the world is designed to show the evolution of that literature by selections translated and arranged in chronological order. Though considered an important contribution to a specialized field, this body of work reaches beyond the confines of professional specialization—it is a fascinating set for anyone interested in early literature.
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Miriam Lichtheim was Near East bibliographer and lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles. Lichtheim retired from UCLA in 1974 to focus on Egyptological research and later taught at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her Ancient Egyptian Literature series is still well regarded and used today.