WHY SINUHE RAN AWAY: Coups and Conspiracies at the Middle Kingdom Court

Posted December 7th, 2011 by Dylan

The story of Sinuhe is considered to be the classic work of ancient Egyptian literature. The Egyptians were fond of tales of disaster and misfortune, particularly when travel beyond the borders of Egypt was involved, but the story of Sinuhe is different. Here the hero falls in Egypt and rises abroad, before returning home. But why does a senior court official throw everything up and flee abroad? Why did Sinuhe Run Away? There is no doubt that audiences in Ancient Egypt knew why, but can we? The text is deliberately vague but riddled with clues, to which we may add suggestions and hints from other contemporary texts. P