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By Miriam Lichtheim

Chronologically prepared translations of historical Egyptian writings shed mild upon the advance of numerous literary kinds. Bibliogs.

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The foes were tottering before her might. I let your valor course through every land. The gleaming diadem protected you, In all that heaven circles none defy you. They came bearing their tribute on their backs. Bowed down before your majesty as I decreed. The foes who came toward you I made weak, Their hearts aflame. their bodies trembled. The poem I came to let you tread on Djahi's chiefs,3 I spread them under your feet throughout their lands; MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS I let them see your majesty as lord of light, so that you shone before them in my likeness.

My majesty summoned a quantity beyond what the Two Lands had yet seen. The ignorant and the wise know it. 0, the god knows me well, Amun, Lord of Thrones-of-the-Two-Lands; He made me rule (30) Black Land and Red Land as I"eward, No one rebels against me in all lands. MONl'MI::NTAL ISSCRIPTIONS All foreign lands are my subjects. He placed my border at the limits of heaven, What Aten encircles labors for me. He gave it to him who GIllIC from him, Knowing I would rule it for him. I am his daughter in very truth, Who serves him.

The prince of Kadesh. 4, The army is actually at Yehem. Amna was the next stop. reached after a three day march, and it was there that the narrow mountain pass began. 5. The change into a first person narrative suggests that parts of the original document, in the form of a campaign diary, were wrilten in the first person and the whole was subsequently Iransposed, with some inconsistency, into the more formal third person narration. The original diary is menrioned in line 94. MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS 35 6.

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