Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt

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ABC-CLIO, 2002 - Reference - 275 pages
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Gaston Maspero is a towering figure in Egyptology. "Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt" offers a wealth of primary data and authoritative commentaries on ancient Egyptian culture, language, history, society, and ethnic groups as depicted in Egyptian and Greek-Egyptian narratives. The work provides the contextual data necessary for understanding the tale-texts and reflects Maspero's deep knowledge of many fields, from the classics to life in modern Egypt.

This new edition includes a contemporary foreword, which introduces Maspero and describes his scholarship. It also provides, for the first time, extensive identification of the ancient stories in terms of international tale-types and motifs. The new information places the anthology in a broader academic context and is a valuable resource for students of Egyptology, folklore, literature, history, and social and cultural anthropology.

 

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Contents

Introduction to This Edition and Classification by TaleType and Motif
vii
Preface to English Edition
xci
Introduction
xciii
1 The Story of the Two Brothers
1
2 The King Khufui and the Magicians
17
3 The Lamentations of the Fellah
35
4 The Memoirs of Sinuhit
55
5 The Shipwrecked Sailor
81
14 The Story of Rhampsinitus
163
15 The Voyage of Unamunu to the Coasts of Syria
169
16 I The High Emprise for the Cuirass
181
17 II The High Emprise for the Throne of Amon
201
18 Fragment of a Fantastic Story Anterior to the Eighteenth Dynasty
219
19 The Quarrel of Apopi and Saqnunriya
223
20 Fragments of a Ghost Story
229
21 Story of a Mariner
233

6 How Thutiyi Took the City of Joppa
89
7 I The Adventure of SatniKhamois with the Mummies
95
8 II The Veritable History of SatniKhamois and His Son Senosiris
118
9 III How SatniKhamois Triumphed over the Assyrians
137
10 I The Daughter of the Prince of Bakhtan and the Possessing Spirit
141
11 II The Exploits of Sesostris
147
12 III The Exploits of Osimandyas
150
13 The Doomed Prince
153
22 The Adventure of the Sculptor Petesis and King Nectonabo
239
23 Fragments of the ThebanCoptic Version of the Romance of Alexander
243
24 Epigraph On Those Who Caused Alexander to Drink the Death Potion
255
Index of Proper Names
257
Index of General Subjects
269
About the Volume Editor
277
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About the author (2002)

Hasan El-Shamy is professor of folklore, Near Eastern languages and cultures, and African studies at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN.

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