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Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt - Gaston Maspero

Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt

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Published: 1st December 2004
For Ages: 13 - 17 years old
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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.

"These stories from Gaston Maspero's classic volume...are accompanied by extensive footnotes that detail social expectations and patterns of behavior in ancient Egyptian society, making the texts comprehensible to modern readers.... Included are important discussions of backgrounds, research methodologies, tale types, and motifs. Each story receives its own brief introduction as well, including provenance, dating of manuscripts, thematic and content discussions, and comparison with other tales."--Library Journal "These stories from Gaston Maspero's classic volume...are accompanied by extensive footnotes that detail social expectations and patterns of behavior in ancient Egyptian society, making the texts comprehensible to modern readers.... Included are important discussions of backgrounds, research methodologies, tale types, and motifs. Each story receives its own brief introduction as well, including provenance, dating of manuscripts, thematic and content discussions, and comparison with other tales."--Library Journal

Introduction to This Edition with Classification by Tale-Type and Motifp. VII
Preface to English Editionp. XCI
Introductionp. XCIII
Complete Stories
The Story of the Two Brothersp. 1
The King Khufui and the Magiciansp. 17
The Lamentations of the Fellahp. 35
The Memoirs of Sinuhitp. 55
The Shipwrecked Sailorp. 81
How Thutiyi Took the City of Joppap. 89
The Cycle of Satni-Khamois
I. The Adventure of Satni-Khamois with the Mummiesp. 95
II. The Veritable History of Satni-Khamois and His Son Senosirisp. 118
III. How Satni-Khamois Triumphed over the Assyriansp. 137
The Cycle of Ramses II
I. The Daughter of the Prince of Bakhtan and the Possessing Spiritp. 141
II. The Exploits of Sesostrisp. 147
III. The Exploits of Osimandyasp. 150
The Doomed Princep. 153
The Story of Rhampsinitusp. 163
The Voyage of Unamunu to the Coasts of Syriap. 169
The Cycle of Petubastis
I. The High Emprise for the Cuirassp. 181
II. The High Emprise for the Throne of Amonp. 201
Fragments
Introductory Notep. 217
Fragment of a Fantastic Story, Anterior to the Eighteenth Dynastyp. 219
The Quarrel of Apopi and Saqnunriyap. 223
Fragments of a Ghost Storyp. 229
Story of a Marinerp. 233
The Adventure of the Sculptor Petesis and King Nectonabop. 239
Fragments of the Theban-Coptic Version of the Romance of Alexanderp. 243
Epigraph: On Those Who Caused Alexander to Drink the Death Potionp. 255
Index of Proper Namesp. 257
Index of General Subjectsp. 269
About the Volume Editorp. 277
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ISBN: 9780195173352
ISBN-10: 019517335X
Audience: General
For Ages: 13 - 17 years old
For Grades: 8 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.6