Ancient Egypt 2675-332 B.c.e.: Literature - Research Article from Arts and Humanities Through the Eras

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Wenamun

Twentieth Dynasty (1190–1075 B.C.E.)–Twenty-first Dynasty (1075–945 B.C.E.)

Elder of the Portal of (the god) Amun
Envoy

Merchant.

Wenamun's personal history is unknown. In fact, it is difficult to ascertain whether he was an historical or fictional figure. The document called The Report of Wenamun, a papyrus now in Moscow, is written to resemble a bureaucratic report on a mission to a foreign country. Yet the level of detail and the negative information included in it is never otherwise found in ancient Egyptian non-fiction. Wenamun travels to Byblos, a town in modern Lebanon, to buy wood for the ceremonial ship of the god Amun. En route, robbers steal Wenamun's money. He continues to Byblos, but the king of Byblos has no interest in trading with a man without money, even if he represents the god. Finally, after many tribulations, Wenamun is forced to...

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