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TRANSLATED FROM THE PAPYRI

SECOND SERIES

XVIIIth TO XIXth DYNASTY

YNAS

EDITED BY

W. M. FLINDERS PETRIE, Hon. D.C.L., LL.D.

EDWARDS PROFESSOR OF EGYPTOLOGY, UNIVERSITY

COLLEGE, LONDON

ILLUSTRATED BY TRISTRAM

ELLIS

METHUEN & CO.

36 ESSEX STREET, STRAND

LONDON

SEP 1 6 1937

BU71 .P 44 a

PREFACE

A

S the scope of the first series of these

Tales seems to have been somewhat

overlooked, a few words of introduction may not be out of place before this second volume.

It seems that any simple form of fiction is supposed to be a “ fairy tale :” which implies that it has to do with an impossible world of imaginary beings. Now the Egyptian Tales are exactly the opposite of this, they relate the doings and the thoughts of men and women who are human-sometimes very

human,” as Mr. Balfour said. Whatever there is of supernatural elements is very part of the beliefs and motives of the

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