The Debate Between a Man and His Soul

A Masterpiece of Ancient Egyptian Literature


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.
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Biographical Note

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

Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Epigraphic Analysis
Chapter Three: Philological Analysis
Chapter Four: Grammatical Analysis
Chapter Five: Stylistic Analysis
Chapter Six: Textual Analysis

All those interested in ancient Egyptian literature and culture as well as the history of human psychology.