Ancient Egypt
Elements of its Cultural History

  by Sjef Willockx



Abstract of: Spells 258 and 259 from the Pyramid Texts: Translation and Commentary (2017)

Spell 258 and Spell 259 from the Pyramid Texts display so much common ground that a very close relationship is immediately recognizable – but they also exhibit significant differences: enough to warrant different spell numbers. This combination of common roots and diverse developments holds a special promise for sampling and examining the work of the ancient Egyptian editors of these texts.

This paper has two parts: first a chapter about the translation, then one with a detailled explanation of the contents of these spells. Those not interested in grammatical details may want to go straight to the second chapter.

(This paper follows the model of two previous publications: “Spells 224 and 225 from the Pyramid Texts: Translation and Commentary”, and “Spells 33 and 423 from the Pyramid Texts: Translation and Commentary”. Those publications are available for download on the same locations as the present paper.)









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