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Were the ancient Egyptians polite?

 
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 7:58 pm    Post subject: Were the ancient Egyptians polite? Reply with quote

Kim Ridealgh : Were the ancient Egyptians polite? Exploring politeness in Late Egyptian. - ASOR - The Ancient Near East Today V-8. - 2017.
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... Ancient Egyptian language has no word for ‘politeness’; instead there are words such as aHa-Hmsj, meaning ‘to behave properly’. This is not uncommon; in Igbo, spoken in Nigeria, politeness is conveyed by expressions meaning good behaviour. It is not a surprise that the Ancient Egyptian word oHo-Hmsj appears a limited number of times, and only in didactic texts, designed to teach maxims and express an idealised, polished, version of society. ...

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