Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt

Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt

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Translated for the modern reader, these popular stories have been revived to give fresh insight into one of the oldest civilisations. Unlike compiling folktales from more modern societies these rare gems have been translated from original hieroglyphic manuscripts, often damaged and fragmentary, to give a unique insight into the imagery and ideas which captivated the popular psyche in Ancient Egypt, and the cultural differences and assumptions of the storytellers about what their audiences would understand and enjoy.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 35.6mm | 589.68g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019517335X
  • 9780195173352
  • 1,987,659

Review quote

"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 Journalshow more

About Gaston Maspero

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.show more

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