THE FIRST BOOK
When people think about ancient Egypt they usually think of the Pyramids, the Sphinx, Pharaohs, The Nile and hieroglyphs.
What usually isn’t spoken about is the philosophy that came from this ancient civilisation.
One of the more well-known philosophers was a man called Ptahhotep.
Ptahhotep was a Vizier during the reign of Pharaoh Djedkare Isesi in the Fifth Dynasty -over 4,400 years ago.
He is credited with writing one of the histories first pieces of literature. A sort of guide on how to be a gentleman in ancient Egypt.
It is called The Maxims of Ptahhotep. This ‘Wisdom of the East’ is certainly an influencer for the eventual development and spread of Greek Philosophy which followed thousands of years later.
Greek Philosophers would frequently cite ancient Egyptians as being the seed for philosophy. Isocrates, a Greek rhetorician said, “all men agree the Egyptians are the healthiest and most long of life among men, and then for the soul, they introduced philosophy’s training”. But it wasn’t just Isocrates who credited the ancient Egyptians.
Pythagoras, one of the most famous Greek philosophers said: “they were first to bring to the Greeks all philosophy”. So as you can see, according to the Greeks themselves, the ancient Egyptians seeded logical thought and wisdom.
Listening is better than all else, it ignites love.
This was written by Ptahhotep.