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Pictured above is a scene from the False Door of Mery, the Chief Scribe of the royal archives at Saqqara during the 6th Dynasty, ca. 2300 B.C. Mery's False Door is now in the collection of the Louvre, Paris.
If you had somewhat of a nosy disposition then this was the job for you. Most ancient Egyptians couldn't read or write and so employed the services of a scribe. The closing phrase of many ancient letters was "May you be well when you hear this", which implies that not only was a scribe required to write out correspondence between people, but also read it out.
The scribes must have been the only profession whose members knew virtually everything that was going on throughout the country, from affairs of state through to secret love letters.
Photo: G. Dagli Orti.