Ghosts in Ancient Egypt


A text known as The Lay of the Harper, dating from the Middle Kingdom (2040-1782 BCE) encourages its audience to make the most of the time because death is a certainty:

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  • c. 2040 BCE - c. 1782 BCE
    Literature from Middle Kingdom Egypt reflects skepticism of afterlife, encourages attention to ghosts.
  • c. 1971 BCE - c. 1926 BCE
    Probable date of Egyptian ghost narrative Instruction of King Amenemhat I to his Son Senruset I.
  • c. 1186 BCE - c. 1077 BCE
    Date of extant copy of A Ghost Story (Khonsemhab and the Ghost) during Ramessied Period of Egypt.