Harper's Songs of Ancient Egypt

Definition

Harper's songs were lyrics composed in ancient Egypt to be sung at funeral feasts and inscribed on monuments. They derive their name from the image which accompanies the text on tomb or chapel walls, stelae, and papyri in which a blind harper is shown singing his composition to the deceased and sometimes the family of the departed.

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Timeline

  • c. 2613 BCE - 2181 BCE
    Harper's Songs first appear during the Old Kingdom of ancient Egypt.
  • 2040 BCE - 1782 BCE
    Harper's Songs develop during the Middle Kingdom of ancient Egypt.
  • c. 1570 BCE - c. 1069 BCE
    Harper's Songs continue in use through the New Kingdom of ancient Egypt.
  • 525 BCE - 332 BCE
    Harper's Songs no longer in use during the Late Period of ancient Egypt.
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