Ancient Egyptian Sesh. The title designates a literate man as well as a profession. The scribe was the essential backbone of the Egyptian administration and was essential for the the country to run smoothly. The range of tasks of a scribe varied from humble village scribes to key members of the elite. While general education was limited, scribal schools were believed to be attached to the temples and the court, although many scribes would have learned their skill from their fathers or relatives. It was rare but not impossible for a member of the nonscribal classes to join their ranks. Many high officials style themselves scribe to indicate their literacy, although presumably they left the writing of administrative documents to their underlings. The scribes tended to regard themselves as superior to the bulk of the population, as reflected in the The Satire on Trades.
Historical Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt by Morris L. Bierbrier

Ancient Egypt. A Reference Guide. . 2011.

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