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The Story of Sinuhe

The Story of Sinuhe is set in the time of the Pharaoh Amenemhat I, founder of the 12th dynasty of Egypt, and is thus one of the oldest pieces of literature known. It recounts the story of Sinuhe who learns of a plot to murder the king. He flees the country.

Upon entering Syria, he married the daughter of a southern chieftain, who adopted him, and later rose to power. Sinuhe returned to Egypt by invitation of Sesostris I, and was forgiven his crimes (which allude to a possible involvement in Amenemhat's assassination), and a tomb was built in his honor.

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