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Leonard H. Lesko
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)

The Significance of the Original Arrangement of Religious Texts on Egyptian Coffins

Study of the original arrangment of all the religious texts on Egyptian coffins of the Middle Kingdom and the significance of this arrangement for the textual contents of the coffins. Around 2000 BC the coffins of Egyptian nobles began to be inscribed with a collection of text designed to aid them in their goal of attaining a blessed hereafter. The texts are usually magical spells, but they often show the acceptable standards of morality and social responsibility and even the worth of the individual in this ancient society. Fellow hopes to find some logical order in the arrangement of these texts which would give greater meaning to the whole and allow comparison with other coffins. Fellow to study coffins at the British and Cairo Museums and visit some of the sites in Egypt where the coffins were found.

Project fields:

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$9,500 (approved)
$9,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1970 – 4/30/1971