Living "The Egyptian Dream" in the Eighteenth Dynasty
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The paper outlines the advice the father offers his son in a New Kingdom Eighteenth dynasty Egyptian letter and discusses how it is wise on a practical and a metaphorical level. The paper discusses how this letter suggests that the 'Egyptian dream' was to be respected in society, to be known as a good son and a good husband, and to be sober and upstanding, as well as healthy, wealthy, and wise. The paper also looks at how the son honestly answers his father about his ability to obey some of the sage and wise advice he has been given. The paper points out how both the father's advice and the son's reply are timely and resonate with the modern era.
From the Paper:"In this latter commandment in particular, there is resonance with a modern, Canadian father exhorting his son to live a good life, perhaps if the boy going away to college for the first time. The father says be true to your values, and don't 'fall in with the wrong crowd,' and 'enjoy yourself too much,' except of course, when watching hockey! All joking aside, what is striking about Any's advice is how it resonates with advice given by parents to children throughout the ages, and how modern it sounds, despite the archaic language. The advice to not drink is particularly practical--the father reminds the son that when out drinking, men often forget themselves. When one man gets injured, his drunken companions ignore him. Do not say you are too young to be taken from the earth begs the father--another way of saying that, remember you are mortal, please--just like every parent prays that their child will not engage in foolish, risk-taking behaviors.
"Other bits of advice from the father are also wise on a practical and a metaphorical level. Any tells his son to soberly build a garden and home and tend it, which is true on a literal level about keeping a tidy property, and also a metaphor for an orderly and moral soul. Do not rely on another man's goods, he says. Do not fall into debt--credit card debit or otherwise. Treat elders with respect--rise when they come into the room. But do not strike back at a brawler, or reveal too much of yourself."
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