The Shipwrecked Sailor

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The Shipwrecked Sailor is a recovered ancient Egyptian text written in Middle Kingdom hieratic. It is the story of a sailor in the service of the king and his short adventure on a lush island before returning home. On the island he meets a benevolent snake-god who assures his survival. By the end of the tale he is rescued by his countrymen and goes back to report his story to the Pharaoh.[1]


  1. Ancient Egyptian Literature: Volume I: The Old and Middle Kingdoms, Miriam Lichtheim, University of California Press, 1975, ISBN 0520028996, 9780520028999, 272 pages, pp.211-215