Tue, 2 September 2014
Senuseret I (Part I) and the Flight of Sinuhe.
Egypt is in disarray. King Amenemhat I has been murdered in his bed, slain by his own guards.
Hearing the news, a royal soldier and attendant named Sinuhe panics - with Amenemhat dead, his livelihood has disappeared and his connection to Egyptian society severed.
Sinuhe flees to Byblos, in modern Lebanon. Venturing inland, he meets a chieftain of Yam, and is taken into his service. He prospers, and builds a new life.
But Sinuhe has not escaped trouble, and must face a local warlord in single combat, and then deal with the fallout when Senuseret learns where Sinuhe has fled.
The Egyptian ; now available on Youtube (link)
A papyrus version of Sinuhe's tale, now in the Berlin Museum.
A 19th Dynasty ostracon (decorated shard of limestone or pottery) with a segment of the Tale of Sinuhe.
The journeys of Sinuhe (approximate).
Scott Morschauser. "What made Sinuhe run?" Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt. Vol. 37 (2000): 187-98.
Hans Goedicke. "Sinuhe's Duel." JARCE Vol. 21 (1984): 197-201.
Anthony Spalinger. "Orientations on Sinuhe." Studien zur Altägypischen Kultur. Vol. 25 (1998): 311-39.