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Title: Egyptian Tales and Legends: Ancient, Christian, Muslim
Author: Budge, E A Wallis
Publisher: Dover Publications; Publication Date: 2002
Paperback; ISBN: 9780486422350
Volumes: 1; Pages: 448
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Carefully selected by noted Egyptologist E. A. Wallis Budge, the 36 stories in this volume are intended to illustrate the fiction and historical and religious romances of the Egyptians from the early dynastic period to modern times. Part I contains tales from ancient Egypt, written in hieratic characters, and found on papyrus and engraved on stone stelae. To document the literary revolution that took place when the Egyptians embraced Christianity in the first century, Part II features stories from Coptic manuscripts which reveal efforts to graft the Christian religion on the old pagan beliefs. In the seventh century, the Arabs conquered Egypt and replaced the Coptic language and literature with their own. Thus, Part III contains authentic stories told by the Muslims who succeeded the Copts in Egypt. Taken together, these age-old tales represent a wonderful cross-section of Egyptian story telling ancient and modern, a collection sure to appeal to lovers of Egypt, folklore, and mythology. Unabridged republication of Egyptian Tales and Romances: Pagan, Christian, Muslim, published by Thornton Butterworth Ltd., London, 1931. Preface. Introduction. Index. 40 halftones and line illustrations.