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Summary of similarities and differences, and conclusions

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This chapter shows that the relationship between the ancient Egyptian and Greek bodies of text examined involves a network of points of similarity and difference that touch on various aspects of the language employed. Starting from the analysis of structural patterns, it has been observed that, in both bodies of text, monopartite and bipartite proverbs are equally common. Furthermore, it has been shown that all three structural types of demotic and Greek proverb consist of a multitude of combinations of constructions and clauses. The only differences observed between the two bodies of proverbial material are minor ones and concern mainly the combination of morphosyntactic constructions, the types of imagery, some vocabulary, and some minor themes. The high degree of similarity observed among the themes of the Egyptian and Greek proverbs, depict proverb production as a common phenomenon of human societies.

Keywords: bipartite proverbs; Egyptian proverbs; Greek proverbs; monopartite proverb; morphosyntactic constructions

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