Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 6(4), pp. 183 - 187
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2018.060404
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Two Direct Speeches in the Last Two Poems of the 'Dialogue between a Man and His Ba' (pBerlin 3024, cc. 138-140 and cc. 144-145): A Note of Translation


Stefano Vittori *
PhD student of Egyptology, Department of Civilization and Forms of Knowledge, the University of Pisa, Italy

ABSTRACT

Two poetic passages of the 'Dialogue between a Man and his Ba' arise problems both in interpretation and in translation: jw mt m ḥr.j mjn mj kft pt; mj z zḫt-A1- jm r ḫmt.n.f (cc. 138-140) and wnn ms nty jm ʽḥʽ m wj3 ḥr rdt d.t stpwt jm r r'w-prw (cc. 143-145): the literal translation of these passages is problematic: "Death is for me today like an unveiling of the sky, like a man + (I acquire? who acquires?) + there + (according to? More than?) He ignores"; "Indeed, who will be there will be standing in (Ra's) boat, allowing that someone gives the offerings there + towards? + the temples". Integration of the verb dd, "to say", would transform the former passage into a direct speech and solve the problem: "Death is for me today like an unveiling of the sky, like when a man says: 'I will profit from it' about something he ignores". This integration induces to interpret in the same way also the ḥr of latter passage: "Indeed, who will be there will be standing on (Ra's) boat, saying: 'There is where one makes offerings be given to me' about temples", shedding better light on the sense of the adverb jm and the preposition r. Metric and rhetoric reasons support the integration in the former passage.

KEYWORDS
Dialogue between a Man and His Ba, pBerlin 3024, Pamherst III, Egyptian Language, Egyptian Philology, Egyptology, Middle Egyptian Literature, Lamentations, Egyptian Poetry

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[1] Stefano Vittori , "Two Direct Speeches in the Last Two Poems of the 'Dialogue between a Man and His Ba' (pBerlin 3024, cc. 138-140 and cc. 144-145): A Note of Translation," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 183 - 187, 2018. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2018.060404.

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Stefano Vittori (2018). Two Direct Speeches in the Last Two Poems of the 'Dialogue between a Man and His Ba' (pBerlin 3024, cc. 138-140 and cc. 144-145): A Note of Translation. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 6(4), 183 - 187. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2018.060404.