Senuseret I (Part I): The Tale of Sinuhe.
Egypt is in disarray. King Amenemhat I has been murdered in his bed, slain by his own guards. Hearing the news, a royal soldier and attendant named Sinuhe panics – his livelihood has disappeared and his connection to royal society severed.
Sinuhe flees to Byblos, in modern Lebanon. Venturing inland, he meets a local chieftain and is taken into his service. He prospers, and builds a new life. But Sinuhe has not escaped trouble, and must face a local warlord in single combat, and then deal with the fallout when the King of Egypt discovers his whereabouts…
Update 2016: A new reading! Barbara Ewing (actress) and Richard M. Parkinson (Professor of Egyptology, Oxford) have produced a new version of Sinuhe’s tale.
The Egyptian (1954): with Portuguese sub-titles (not Italian; my mistake!).
A papyrus copy of The Tale of Sinuhe, written in hieratic (Egyptian Museum, Berlin).
A limestone ostraca (shard of pottery or stone) with the Tale of Sinuhe in hieratic.
The journeys of Sinuhe.
A film based on Mika Waltari’s The Egyptian, which took some influence from Sinuhe’s story.
Miriam Lichtheimm Ancient Egyptian Literature, 2006.
W.K. Simpson (editor), The Literature of Ancient Egypt, 2003.
Reshafim.org – The Tale of Sinuhe.
Scott Morschauser, “What made Sinuhe run?” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 37 (2000).
Hans Goedicke, “Sinuhe’s Duel.” JARCE 21 (1984): 197-201.
Anthony Spalinger, “Orientations on Sinuhe,” Studien zur Altägypischen Kultur 25 (1998).