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.
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- Date Published: September 2013
- format: Multiple copy pack
- isbn: 9781108067447
- length: 324 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.43kg
- contains: 57 b/w illus.
- availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Introduction
1. Tales of the magicians
2. The peasant and the workman
3. The shipwrecked sailor
4. The adventures of Sanehat
Index. Volume 2: Preface
1. The taking of Joppa
2. The doomed prince
3. Anpu and Bata
4. Setna and the magic book
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