Hieratic copy of the Teaching of Amenemhat I
New Kingdom, Ramesside
This extract from a strikingly dramatic poem was written on the sherd of a large jar. In the story, a vision of the dead king Amenemhat I speaks to his son and warns him of the burden of kingship. He describes a night when he was attacked and apparently killed by his bodyguard. Although it may have been composed in the Eighteenth Dynasty, the poem provides a vivid picture of kingship centered on Middle Kingdom rulers.