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Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt

Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt

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The tales of ancient Egypt have for centuries delighted and spurred the imagination of anyone who loves a good story, yet sadly, many of these tales have fallen into obscurity over the years. Now these stories have been brought back to life for a new generation of readers.

When first published in 1882, the folktales collected in Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt comprised the first anthology of ancient Egyptian narratives ever to be compiled into book form. The culmination of a life's work by Gaston Maspero, a towering figure of nineteenth-century Egyptology, it presented a wealth of information on Egyptian culture, language, history, and society. Since its publication, additional texts have been discovered, deciphered, or translated into modern languages. The present collection is made up of twenty-four tales gleaned from countless ancient written sources, and from a variety of historical periods. It contains some of the most ancient folktales in existence, such as The Tale of the Two Brothers, thought to be the oldest in the world. Other stories include King Khufui and the Magicians, The Lamentations of the Fellah, The Shipwrecked Sailor, The Adventure of Satni-Khamois with the Mummies, The Doomed Prince, and The Story of Rhampsinitus. This edition contains a new Foreword that introduces Maspero and describes his work, and provides for the first time extensive identifications of the ancient stories in terms of international tale-types and motifs.

Certain to be of interest to folklorists, this classic collection will also amuse parents, students, storytellers, and anyone who enjoys authentic folk wisdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195173352
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sir Gaston Maspero (1846-1916) was a leading expert on Egyptian art and the Head of the Antiquities Service in Cairo for twenty years. Hasan El-Shamy is Professor of Folklore at the University of Indiana.

Table of Contents

Introduction to This Edition with Classification by Tale-Type and MotifVII
Preface to English EditionXCI
Complete Stories
1The Story of the Two Brothers1
2The King Khufui and the Magicians17
3The Lamentations of the Fellah35
4The Memoirs of Sinuhit55
5The Shipwrecked Sailor81
6How Thutiyi Took the City of Joppa89
The Cycle of Satni-Khamois
7I. The Adventure of Satni-Khamois with the Mummies95
8II. The Veritable History of Satni-Khamois and His Son Senosiris118
9III. How Satni-Khamois Triumphed over the Assyrians137
The Cycle of Ramses II
10I. The Daughter of the Prince of Bakhtan and the Possessing Spirit141
11II. The Exploits of Sesostris147
12III. The Exploits of Osimandyas150
13The Doomed Prince153
14The Story of Rhampsinitus163
15The Voyage of Unamunu to the Coasts of Syria169
The Cycle of Petubastis
16I. The High Emprise for the Cuirass181
17II. The High Emprise for the Throne of Amon201
Introductory Note217
18Fragment of a Fantastic Story, Anterior to the Eighteenth Dynasty219
19The Quarrel of Apopi and Saqnunriya223
20Fragments of a Ghost Story229
21Story of a Mariner233
22The Adventure of the Sculptor Petesis and King Nectonabo239
23Fragments of the Theban-Coptic Version of the Romance of Alexander243
24Epigraph: On Those Who Caused Alexander to Drink the Death Potion255
Index of Proper Names257
Index of General Subjects269
About the Volume Editor277

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