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Synen på Kenherkhepshef
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Egyptology.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The view of Kenherkhepshef (English)
Abstract [sv]

Abstract

Kyllenius, B. 2019. Synen på Kenherkhepshef

Kyllenius, B. 2019. The view of Kenherkhepshef

How do we treat biographies of historical persons? Do subjective judgements of them change in the course of time, or are they uncritically repeated by the researchers? Kenherkhepshef was a scribe in Deir el-Medina in the 19th dynasty, when the big pharaoh tombs in the Kings Valley were being built. He had a high position as a senior scribe of the tomb. He also collected papyri with different kinds of texts, which were inherited and sometimes changed by his relatives after his death. The czech egyptologist Jaroslav Černý, who was making research from the 1920s and onwards about the community of workmen in Deir el-Medina, was the first to write a characterisation of Kenherkepshef. His opinion of him was not very positive. Many egyptologists after him have been writing about Kenherkepshef. Most of them seem to continue and even strenghten the judgement that Černý gave him, often with little reconsideration, and so this scribe has got a bad reputation among egyptologists. There are some negative epithets that often appears. Some authors however do praise his collection of texts and his intellectual interests. In this respect their judgements differ from Černý’s. Four egyptologists have written popular works on subjects related to Deir el-Medina, where Kenherkhepshef has been treated. One of them wrote fiction. These authors have felt more free in their opinions. The authors who have written positive judgements of him often add the traditional negative opinions as well. Two authors have tried to rehabilitate him.

Many authors have been fascinated by him, he is considered a gratifying person for a narrative. Maybe we are more interested in a historical person who is not altogether sympathetic and can show us some human traits, good or bad. Černý’s sources – and ours –are very few, and Kenherkhepshefs work in the royal necropolis went on for many years, so there is much we do not know.

I am making a survey of what the egyptologists after Černý have written about Kenherkhepshef. I have made a critical analysis of their interpretations. My study has shown that often the same subjective judgements are being uncritically passed on.

A late work is Silvia Štubňovás unpublished master’s thesis on Kenherkhepshef. She is writing objectively in a scholarly way quite different from most earlier egyptologists. She has collected a broad range of material on this scribe and tries to draw a portrait of him. She discusses the subjective judgements thoroughly.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 46
Keywords [sv]
Ancient Egypt, Egyptologists, Kenherkhepshef, Jaroslav Černý, Scribe, Deir el-Medina
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-386400OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-386400DiVA, id: diva2:1327462
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Available from: 2019-06-19 Created: 2019-06-19 Last updated: 2019-06-19Bibliographically approved

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