Ancient Egypt - The Westcar Papyrus


The first personal story about a king was about Sneferu and was contained in the Westcar Papyrus. Written during the Hyksos period, it describes Sneferu as an approachable pharaoh. Prince Bauefre, a son of Khufu, narrates this story. It begins with Sneferu, who is wandering the palace in boredom. He calls for his chief lector priest to provide a solution. The priest suggests that the king should be taken out on the lake and rowed by some of the younger palace ladies. Sneferu agrees and adds:


'Let there be brought to me twenty nets, and let these nets be given

to these women when they have taken off their clothes... and...the

heart of His Majesty was happy at this sight of their rowing'