Variability in the Earlier Egyptian Mortuary Texts


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This book spins around the convening idea of variability to offer fourteen new views into the Pyramid and Coffin Texts and related materials that overarch archaeology, philology, linguistics, writing studies, religious studies and social history by applying innovative approaches such as agency, politeness, material philology and object-based studies, and under a strong empirical focus. In this book, you will find from a previously unpublished coffin or a reinterpretation of the so-called ‘Letters to the Dead’ to graffiti’s interaction with monumental inscriptions, ‘subatomic’ studies in the spellings of the Osiris’ name or the puzzles of text transmission, among other novel topics.

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Carlos Gracia Zamacona, Ph.D. (2008), École Pratique des Hautes Études, is Atracción de Talento senior researcher at the University of Alcalá. He has published on the Coffin Texts, ancient Egyptian semantics and graphemics, including Manual de egipcio medio (Archaeopress, 2017).
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Carlos Gracia Zamacona

Part 1 Individuals

1 Secondary Epigraphy and Interaction with Transfigured Dead: The Case of Nikauizezi, Saqqara
Julia Hamilton

2 Decorated Coffin of King’s Ornament Setib Buried at Abusir
Veronika Dulíková and Marie Peterková Hlouchová

3 Putting Intentions in Their Place: Materialising Meaning through Spatial Dynamics in Appeals to the Dead
Angela McDonald

4 De Khenti-Mentiou à Khenti-Imentiou : miroir du monde funéraire royal de l’Âge Thinite à l’Ancien Empire
Jean-Pierre Pätznick

5 Osiris as Written in the Pyramid Texts and the Coffin Texts
César Guerra Méndez and Carlos Gracia Zamacona

Part 2 Groups

6 Repeating the Ritual under the Ground: Performance of the Royal Object Ritual in the Middle Kingdom
Seria Yamazaki

7 Dmjw, N(j)wtj‘Citizen’ in the Pyramid Texts and the Coffin Texts in the Context of the Social and Political Changes Occurred in Egypt at the Turn of the 3rd Millennium BC
Juan Carlos Moreno García

8 New Spells, New Compilations, and the Concept of Variability in Sequences of Pyramid and Coffin Texts
Christelle Alvarez

9 Becoming Wind? Observations on Identity and Identification in the So-called Transformation Spells
Anne Landborg

Part 3 Tracers

10 Variation in the Graphical Form of the First-Person Stative Ending in the Coffin Texts
Jorke Grotenhuis

11 (Re)connecting Artefacts and Thinking in the Afterlife: the Case of Funerary Wooden Models
Gersande Eschenbrenner Diemer

12 Variation as a Social Device: ‘Middle Egyptianisms’ in Old Kingdom Letters
M. Victoria Almansa-Villatoro

13 Problematising Linguistic Variation in the Coffin Texts: A Case-Study on Spell CT 335
Dina Serova

14 Occurrences of Grave Goods and Their Representations on Coffins: A Concept of Substitution?
Elisabeth Kruck

The book primarily targets academic institutions, specialised libraries and individuals interested in archaeological, philological, linguistic, social history, religious, graphemic and interdisciplinary studies on ancient Egypt.
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