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Why Sesostris? Why does the classical antiquity tell stories about this Egyptian hero king of the second millennium BC? On which basis? The contributions of this conference volume try to systematically answer the question how these narratives come into being and grow. It is not a single historical king Sesostris. Rather the literary tradition of two millennia augments the story with the later Sheshonq kings, makes Sesostris the international hero of demotic narratives and finally leads to the Greek Sesonchosis Romance which itself is widely received. All this takes place in an international cultural context.

Warum gerade Sesostris? Warum werden ausgerechnet über diesen ägyptischen König des frühen zweiten Jahrtausends v. Chr. in der Klassischen Antike Heldengeschichten erzählt? Auf welcher Grundlage? Die Beiträge dieses Tagungsbandes gehen systematisch der Frage nach, wie diese Erzählungen entstehen und wachsen. Es ist nicht ein einziger literarischer Königs Sesostris. Vielmehr reichert die literarische Tradition über zwei Jahrtausende den Stoff um die späteren Scheschonq-Könige an, macht Sesostris zu einem internationalen Helden demotischer Erzählungen und führt zum griechischen Sesonchosis-Roman. All dies geschieht in einem internationalen kulturellen Rahmen.
The civilization of Ancient Egypt is among the first in the world and among the most impressive of its time. A marked preoccupation with the afterlife, relative geographical isolation, an extremely fertile soil, and high demands made on the people to manage the annual floods of the Nile combined to create an amazingly rich and varied culture with a strong identity of its own that existed uninterrupted for three thousand years. The Probleme der Ägyptologie series, founded in 1953 by Hermann Kees, is focused on the religion, literature, politics, language, and social and economic history of Ancient Egypt, including pharaonic, Ptolemaic, and Roman time periods. The series includes monographs on substantial subjects, thematic collections of articles, and handbooks.

The series published two volumes over the last 5 years.
The Social Determinants of Health at Deir el-Medina
This book explores the health of ancient Egyptians living in the New Kingdom village of Deir el-Medina. Through an interdisciplinary approach that combines skeletal analysis with textual evidence, the book examines how social factors, such as social support, healthcare access, and economic stability, played crucial roles in buffering individuals from stress and promoting good health. This is the first, comprehensive book on the bioarchaeology of Deir el-Medina including data from human remains spanning the site’s New Kingdom occupation. This book highlights how the Social Determinants of Health can be used to explain how past people maintained their health.
Papyrological Texts and Studies in Honour of Peter van Minnen
This is a Festschrift offered by friends and colleagues to papyrologist and ancient historian Peter van Minnen. The volume contains the edition or re-edition of 52 papyri and ostraca, dating from between the third century BCE and the eighth century CE. Their subjects vary from Demosthenes to the delivery of camels in early Islamic Egypt, and their provenances stretch from the Eastern to the Western Desert, and from the Egyptian Nile valley to Qasr Ibrim in northern Nubia. All texts are published with transcription, translation, commentary and colour photographs. In addition, there are five studies, reflecting the honorand’s wide-ranging interests.
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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.
For the first time, this book presents the complete collection of Greek inscriptions of Gebel el-Silsila East – Ancient Egypt’s largest and most important sandstone quarry, including lists of names and professions of individuals involved in the quarry expeditions. The inscriptions are described, illustrated and analysed and placed within their archaeological context based on careful documentation in situ with up-to-date methodology. The work makes substantial contributions in the form of novel and improved readings and interpretations of known texts and of the new publication of texts discovered through the fieldwork. It is the first volume of three dealing with Graeco-Roman inscriptions on the east bank, with the following two volumes to cover the demotic texts and quarry marks respectively.
This monograph series is intended to present scholarly publications on topics related to the area of Gebel el-Silsila, and results from the ongoing scientific work there. It includes, but is not limited to, the fields of Egyptology, Archaeology, Classical history, Prehistory, Epigraphy, Osteology, Geology, etc. Invited topics include recent PhD dissertations; excavation reports; specialized studies in language, history and culture from Egyptian prehistory to the early Islamic period; conference proceedings; publications of scholarly archives; and historiographical works relating to Gebel el-Silsila and its neighbouring sites.
Before, during and after the Pyramid Age (c. 4000 – 1600 BC)
The first comprehensive and up-to-date overview of what we know about the use of copper by the ancient Egyptians and Nubians, from the Predynastic through the Early Dynastic until the end of the Second Intermediate Period (c. 4000–1600 BC). The monograph presents a story, based on the analysis of available evidence, a synchronic and diachronic reconstruction of the development and changes of the chaîne opératoire of copper and copper alloy artefacts. The book argues that Egypt was not isolated from the rest of the ancient world and that popular notions of its “primitive” technology are not based on facts.
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This volume contains the first edition of 66 papyri and ostraca in the collection of the Leiden Papyrological Institute. The texts are dated between the third century BCE and the eighth century CE and originate from Egypt. They include two Demotic literary papyri (one of which is written in Hieratic script), 19 Demotic ostraca, 44 Greek documentary papyri and one Coptic ostracon. All texts are published with transcription, translation, commentary and colour photographs.