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Roland Enmarch and Verena M. Lepper

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265420

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265420.001.0001

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The Reception of Demotic Narrative

The Reception of Demotic Narrative

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(p.251) 13 The Reception of Demotic Narrative
Source:
Ancient Egyptian Literature
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John Tait

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265420.003.0013

This chapter discusses aspects of Demotic Egyptian prose narratives of the Greek and Roman periods, viewed against the background of the growing significance of reception theory in the study of ancient Egyptian literature in general. It reviews the development since the nineteenth century of ideas on the ancient audiences for Demotic literature. The problematic evidence for readers and performance is examined, to a very limited extent with reference to the nature of the finds and find-spots of manuscripts, but chiefly by paying attention to their format and their contents. As for the relationship with oral literature, it is suggested that the material essentially belonged to a written tradition, and was designed primarily for oral performance within temple communities.

Keywords:   Demotic Egyptian, narrative, reception theory, audiences, Demotic literature, performance, oral traditions, temple communities

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