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Unformatted text preview: the ignorant in knowledge and in the standard of excellent discourse, as profit for him who will hear, as woe to him who would neglect them” (Ptahhotep 29). A simple generalization that can be gathered from this text is that those who seek and possess knowledge will be profitable and those who do not will remain inferior. In the opening lines of instruction Ptahhotep seems to almost immediately contradict himself, “Don’t be proud of your knowledge, consult the ignorant and the wise; the limits of art are not reached, no artist’s skills are perfect.” Ptahhotep accepts the importance that Egyptian society places upon knowledge but emphasizes that man must remain humble. By opening this way Ptahhotep sets the stage for the remainder of his instructions, and we will continue to see the importance of humility come into play throughout the text....
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2010 for the course HIST History 2A taught by Professor Linn during the Spring '10 term at UCSB.
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