Mini Episode: Memphis River Blues (The Healing)


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A Scribe yearns for a holiday, and goes in search of peace.

Two texts, written between 1400 and 1300 BCE, tell of the exhausted scribe's yearning for a holiday. Sick of work, he struggles to focus on tasks, and finds his heart wandering off to more pleasant places. The city of Memphis, Men-nefer (or Ineb-Hedj) looms large in his fantasies.

Translations by John L. Foster, Ancient Egyptian Literature: An Anthology (Amazon)


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