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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Ptahhotep, sometimes known as Ptahhotpe or Ptah-Hotep, was an ancient Egyptian official during the late 25th century BC to early 24th century BC. Ptahhotep was the city administrator and first minister during the reign of Djedkare Isesi in the Fifth Dynasty. He is credited with authoring The Instruction of Ptahhotep, an early piece of Egyptian "wisdom literature" meant to instruct young men in appropriate behavior. He was vizier to Djedkare Isesi of the Fifth dynasty of Egypt.

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