Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950510 | Print ISBN: 9780761925651 | Online ISBN: 9781412950510| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The Satire of the Trades (2025–1700 BCE)
A Middle Kingdom work preserved in later Ancient Egyptian literature. The stories document the difficulties and sufferings of workers in various trades. The beginning of the teaching which the man of Tjel named Dua-Khety made for his son named Pepy, while he sailed southwards to the Residence to place him in the school of writings among the children of the magistrates, the most eminent men of the Residence. So he spoke to him: Since I have seen those who have been beaten, it is to writings that you must set your mind. Observe the man who has been carried off to a work force. Behold, there is nothing that surpasses writings! They are a boat upon the water. Read then at the end of the Book of Kemyet this statement in it saying: As for a scribe in any office in the Residence, he will not suffer want in it. ...