The Ancient Egyptian "Tale of Two Brothers": The Oldest Fairy Tale in the World
Drawing on texts written by the Egyptians and their neighbors, and on works by classical authors and the Copts, Manniche, a Danish Egyptologist, has reconstructed an herbal of 94 species of plants and trees used from before the pharaohs to the Coptic period. A revision of the author's doctoral thesis (Harvard). Using the tools of modern scholarship from a variety of disciplines such as folklore and anthropology, this study places the ancient narrative in its cultural and historical context and attempts to elicit the meaning of the tale for its own time. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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