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Writing, Violence, and the MilitaryImages of Literacy in Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt (1550-1295 BCE)$
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Niv Allon

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198841623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198841623.001.0001

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Prestige and Disdain

Prestige and Disdain

Literacy and Self-Representation in the Tomb

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Writing, Violence, and the Military

Niv Allon

Oxford University Press

Tomb owners, who may be assumed to be literate, hardly ever show themselves reading or writing in their tombs. The second chapter critically examines the two main prevailing answers in the Egyptological literature and offers a different angle to the problem. It collects the few men who did choose to portray themselves associated with reading and writing, and explores their emphasis on literacy in relation to group boundaries and self-representation. The chapter focuses in its analysis on the emphasis on images of literacy among individuals who, like Haremhab, were engaged with the military in their career.

Keywords:   tomb art, Thebes, decorum, Haremhab, literacy, prestige, Latour, Actor-Network Theory, self-representation, Bologna 1887

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