A Brief History of Ancient Egyptian Literature

by Piero Scaruffi (E-mail)
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The Egyptian had no word for poem or novel, and they wrote in a way that destroyed whatever rhyme there might have been, so we don't really know what was has to be categorized as novel or poetry, and translators have arbitrarily opted for one or another form.
The dates of ancient works are obviously wildly approximate.
See Steve Moore: "The Novel" for synopses of these works.
(For the time being only the novels)
"Sinuhe" (18## BC) +
"The Eloquent Peasant" (18## BC)
"The Shipwrecked Sailor" (18## BC)
"King Cheops' Court" (18## BC)
"The Two Brothers" (11## BC)
"The Contendings of Horus and Seth" (11## BC)
"The Report of Wenamun" (11## BC)
"A Tale of Woe" (11## BC)
"Petese" (9## BC) +
"Setna Khaemuas and the Mummies" (2## BC)


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