Ptah-Hotep Quotes

Do not repeat calumny, neither hear it. It is the way of expression of the hot-bellied Report a thing observed, not heard. If it is negligible, do not say anything

The papyrus appears to be an instruction booklet for government officials. The Egyptians had no concept of the function of the brain and believed emotion emanated from the belly. The term “hot-bellied” would translate to “hot-headed.”

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Ptahhotep, sometimes known as Ptahhotep I or Ptahhotpe, was an ancient Egyptian vizier during the late 25th century BC and early 24th century BC Fifth Dynasty of Egypt.

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