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Title: Egyptian Tales: Translated from the Papyri, 2 Volumes
Author: Petrie, W Flinders
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2013
Paperback; ISBN: 9781108067447
Volumes: 2; Pages: 324
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Although some of Egypt's most important archaeological finds were made in the late nineteenth century, at a time when historical fiction was popular, the literature of Egypt had reached very few English readers. Aiming to bring ancient Egypt to life in the public imagination, eminent archaeologist W. M. Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) published in 1895 this two-volume collection of original stories, accompanied by illustrations and helpful contextualising comments. Volume 1 contains six tales of the fourth to twelfth dynasties. Volume 2 contains four tales set in the period of the eighteenth and nineteenth dynasties. Shedding light on contemporary life and literature, the stories represent a valuable resource for Egyptologists and folklorists. Petrie's rendering of the stories into English, based on translations of various papyri, remains accessible to all. Many more of his works, for both specialists and non-specialists, are also reissued in this series.Table of ContentsVolume 1: Introduction1. Tales of the magicians2. The peasant and the workman3. The shipwrecked sailor4. The adventures of SanehatIndex. Volume 2: Preface1. The taking of Joppa2. The doomed prince3. Anpu and Bata4. Setna and the magic bookIndex.