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An Unpublished Demotic Dream Book: New Contributions to the Study of Ancient Egyptian Dream Interpretation

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The wealth of unpublished demotic papyri in museum collections worldwide allows for research possibilities that are seldom found within other areas of Egyptology. The object of the present paper is a dream book, of which several fragments of multiple copies stemming from the Roman Fayum are preserved in European and American collections. I intend to highlight some of the results that the reconstruction of this fragmentary text can offer, when different approaches are simultaneously used in its study. Its main significance lies in the mass of information it adds to our knowledge of dream interpretation in Graeco-Roman Egypt, of its social and religious setting, as well as of its cultural and ethnic background, within the bilingual reality of the time. Comparison with hieratic dream books of Pharaonic date shows how deeply rooted in indigenous traditions demotic dream interpretation is, and how it may have had a strong influence on its counterpart in Greek contemporarily attested in Egypt. Further, the disparate nature of the dreams, listed into separate sections according to their topic, makes this text also highly significant for lexicographical studies, since it preserves words that are rarely attested or as of yet unknown in demotic. Finally, the existence of multiple copies of a technical text like this offers the chance to investigate its manuscript tradition, along with the wider subject of Egyptian temple scriptoria in the Roman Period, and their work at the time of the gradual extinction of the indigenous script and of the texts written in it.
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Name: The 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt
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Prada, Luigi. "An Unpublished Demotic Dream Book: New Contributions to the Study of Ancient Egyptian Dream Interpretation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Renaissance Providence Hotel, Providence, RI, Apr 27, 2012 <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p562301_index.html>

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Prada, L. , 2012-04-27 "An Unpublished Demotic Dream Book: New Contributions to the Study of Ancient Egyptian Dream Interpretation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Renaissance Providence Hotel, Providence, RI <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p562301_index.html

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Abstract: The wealth of unpublished demotic papyri in museum collections worldwide allows for research possibilities that are seldom found within other areas of Egyptology. The object of the present paper is a dream book, of which several fragments of multiple copies stemming from the Roman Fayum are preserved in European and American collections. I intend to highlight some of the results that the reconstruction of this fragmentary text can offer, when different approaches are simultaneously used in its study. Its main significance lies in the mass of information it adds to our knowledge of dream interpretation in Graeco-Roman Egypt, of its social and religious setting, as well as of its cultural and ethnic background, within the bilingual reality of the time. Comparison with hieratic dream books of Pharaonic date shows how deeply rooted in indigenous traditions demotic dream interpretation is, and how it may have had a strong influence on its counterpart in Greek contemporarily attested in Egypt. Further, the disparate nature of the dreams, listed into separate sections according to their topic, makes this text also highly significant for lexicographical studies, since it preserves words that are rarely attested or as of yet unknown in demotic. Finally, the existence of multiple copies of a technical text like this offers the chance to investigate its manuscript tradition, along with the wider subject of Egyptian temple scriptoria in the Roman Period, and their work at the time of the gradual extinction of the indigenous script and of the texts written in it.


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