One of the most famous literary works from ancient Egypt is the story of Sinuhe, an important courtier from the 12th Dynasty, who nonetheless, it is assumed, was a fictional character. The story is told by Sinuhe himself, in the first person, and thus also contains elements of the traditional autobiography, as found on so many tomb walls and stelae. The story begins with the death of Amenemhat I. Although an attempt was made on the life of this king, the text of the story does not make it clear whether this was successful or not. Amenemhat's co-regent Senwosret I returns from an expedition in Libya on hearing the news of the death of his father. Sinuhe accidentally hears about the situation, panics and decides to flee. He eventually ends up in Upper Retjenu (the mountainous, eastern part of Syria-Palestine). The ruler of this country questions Sinuhe, who then recites a laudation of Senwosret I. Sinuhe marries one of the daughters of the ruler of Upper Retjenu and is given a piece of land called Yaa. He serves for many years in the Upper Retjenu army. He is challenged by a strong man, but is able to beat him. He thanks the god Montu for this. As the years pass, Sinuhe begins to long for Egypt, where he wants to be buried. Then he receives a decree of Senwosret I in a letter that enables him to return to Egypt. He writes back that his flight was a rash deed and that he wants to return. Once back in Egypt he is received by the king. He is restored to his old position and is given a house and a tomb. The story of Sinuhe survives on various papyri and ostraca. The oldest sources date from the Middle Kingdom. In later years, particularly in the Ramesside Period (19th and 20th Dynasties), the text was frequently copied by scribes. Quotes from the story also appear in later documents.