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The Wisdom of Ptah-Hotep: Spiritual Treasures from the Age of the Pyramids and the Oldest Book in the World

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Egyptologist, essayist and novelist, Christian Jacq is one of the most widely read authors in the world. Here, he presents a new vision of one of the pillars of Egyptian wisdom and the key to an era of rich spirituality which has much to offer. Ptah-Hotep was a philosopher and leading statesman in the Egypt of 2400 BC. Having reached the great age of 110 he decided to pass ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 13th 2006 by Basic Books (first published March 1st 1993)
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Greg Frucci
Apr 29, 2013 Greg Frucci rated it it was amazing
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"If you want to behave well, free yourself from the grip of all evil and fight any sign of greed. Greed is an incurable, fatal sickness with no remedy. It infects fathers, mothers, and mothers' brothers; it separates wife from husband, Greed is the coming together of all kinds of evil and contains everything that is hateful." -- Maxim 19 "On greed, an incurable sickness"
This was witten over 5,000 years ago and is not about any one Relgion. The wisdom is for all Humanity and applied to everyday l
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Seamus
Oct 07, 2008 Seamus rated it really liked it
These maxims provide as great a guide to life now as they did several thousand years ago when they were written. I think the world would be a better place if we would all study Ptah-Hotep's wisdom and apply it in our daily lives.
NaomiRuth
So glad I found this book at Too Many Books on Grandin Street in Roanoke VA. It is one that I have underlined and read some of the Maxims twice. I love that it includes the hieroglyphs in the back. Once I (if I ever) learn Egyptian I will be able to take a look at the original, which I love so much. The notes were illuminating. The format was easy to read. A wonderful look into the past. Gave me a much better feel for life back in Egypt. A book I will definitely need to read again and again.
Kendrick Smith
Jan 21, 2015 Kendrick Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knowing that the light has always come from the east , one can see how these teachings from Ancient Kemet have heavily influenced the major western systems of world. So when reading the teachings of Ptah-Hotep it is easy to recognize the resemblance of the wisdom books of the Bible. This is a great book to read for a daily devotion and to keep one traveling on the right path.
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This was an exceptional quick read. Although many of the principals mentioned are common sense to me, these were principals that Egyptians lived by. This book is a must read for everyone. With so much happening in the world today it appears that many of these spiritual principals are forgotten. It is my recommendation that this book be used as a reference.
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Sep 30, 2007 S.o.ull rated it it was ok
This was an interesting book. I did'nt learn much more than a different view of life, in time and location.
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Christian Jacq is a French author and Egyptologist. He has written several novels about ancient Egypt, notably a five book suite about pharaoh Ramses II, a character whom Jacq admires greatly.

Jacq's interest in Egyptology began when he was thirteen, and read History of Ancient Egyptian Civilization by Jacques Pirenne. This inspired him to write his first novel. He first visited Egypt when he was s
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