Is there an Egyptian hero? The contributions of mythological and literary studies to an Egyptological subject

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Abstract

When one thinks of heroes the images that come to mind are usually those of great warriors and of founders of civilisations.
These men cause ruptures and introduce changes in their surroundings. Except in some specific periods of Ancient Egypt’s History, the idea of rupture and change is not a favourable one to the Egyptian mindset and political ideology. This reason led some Egyptologists to believe that there is not an Egyptian hero. There is, however, a broader way to perceive this ‘hero figure’. For decades, the scholars of mythology and literature have been studying the mythical hero. What they advocate is that this figure can be found in the accounts and narratives of practically every civilisation, which leads us to the question: is there an Egyptian hero?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEgypt 2015
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives of Research: Proceedings of the Seventh European Conference of Egyptologists
EditorsMladen Tomorad, Joanna Popielska-Grzybowska
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherArchaeopress
Pages45-50
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781784915841
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameArchaeopress Egyptology
Volume18

Keywords

  • hero
  • quest
  • miraculous conception
  • Horus
  • David Leeming
  • Joseph Campbell
  • literature
  • mythology

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