This book is a new study of the ancient Egyptian poem known in English as
The Man Who Was Tired of Life or
The Dialogue of a Man and His Ba (or
Soul). The composition is universally regarded as one of the masterpieces of ancient Egyptian literature. It is also one of the most difficult and continually debated, as well as being the subject of more than one hundred books and articles. The present study offers new readings and translations, along with an analysis of the text’s grammar and versification, and a complete philological apparatus.
James P. Allen is the Wilbour Professor of Egyptology at Brown University and a former curator of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has published extensively on ancient Egyptian language, religion, and history.
'Resuming the above we may state that Allen’s book represents the current state of research on the text of the Debate between a Man and His Soul'. Basel, September 2012 Matthias MÜLLER