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London Seminar: An Allegory on the Banks of the Nile: Water Metaphors in the Tale of the Eloquent Peasant

Event Info

Host: EES
Type: Education - Lecture

Time and Place

Start Time: Saturday, 9th March 2013, 1:00 pm
End Time: Saturday, 9th March 2013, 4:00 pm
Location: The Egypt Exploration Society
Street: 3 Doughty Mews
City/Town: London WC1N 2PG
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Contact Details

Email: contact@ees.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)20 7242 1880



In this seminar Dr Linda Steynor takes a new look at an old friend - the Tale of the Eloquent Peasant. She illustrates how the Peasant's use of colourful language and the rich tapestry of his petitions produce a series of word-pictures which build and develop as the poem progresses, offering us an insight into an Ancient Egyptian's view of himself and his place in society.

No knowledge of the Ancient Egyptian language will be needed, but a prior reading of a translation of the poem would help to set the scene, such as that in Richard Parkinson's The Tale of Sinuhe and other Egyptian Stories (Oxford World's Classics).

A second seminar, entitled 'The Poetry of the Peasant', will follow later in the year. This will build on the first, providing a more in-depth study of linguistic features and literary constructs in the poem.

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