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Writing Ramesside Hieratic: What The Late-Egyptian Miscellanies Tell Us About Scribal Education

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This chapter addresses one aspect of a vast and complex issue how did Ramesside scribal students learn to write their Late Egyptian dialect. The scribes who wrote the Miscellanies appear to have been relatively advanced in their training and can be justly called apprentice scribes. In the case of the Miscellanies, we can suppose that either the student scribe or his teacher has checked the completion (and accuracy) of the copy against the master document, unit by unit. It probably can never be definitively proved in a given instance whether students at a particular stage of their training were reproducing from memory, transcribing from model papyri, or writing dictées. Nevertheless, when the evidence supplied from the verse points, in addition to the "corruptions" that Gardiner studied, are evaluated together, in most cases the likeliest choice between the possible methods would be direct copying from a model papyrus produced by the teacher.

Keywords: late Egyptian miscellanies; Ramesside; scribal education



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