How ‘royal’ and how ‘mythical’ are the Coffin Texts?

This paper traces the use of a number of Egyptian terms expressing the concepts of "Kingship", "Rule", and "Monarchy" in the Middle Kingdom Coffin Texts, with a view to homing in on questions such as the appropriateness of current translations, the royal or non-royal origin of the texts, the much-discussed concept of "democratization" in the use of Egyptian funerary texts, and the role of mythical metaphor in expressing afterlife conceptions and beliefs.



  • R. Nyord

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Concepts in Middle Kingdom funerary culture. Proceedings of the Lady Wallis Budge Anniversary Symposium held at Christ’s College, Cambridge, 22 January 2016