The Petese Stories: II (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Petese Stories: II Presents a compilation of seventy stories about the virtues and vices of women. The structural pattern of this text is similar to the Arabian Nights; a frame story forms the introduction as well as the fabric into which the long series of shorter tales are woven.
- Published: 01 January 2006
- Format: Hardback 210 pages
- ISBN 13: 9788763504041 ISBN 10: 8763504049
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The Carlsberg Papyri 6 (CNI 29) contains the edition of a new manuscript with Petese Stories from the Tebtunis temple library, dating to the period around 100 AD. The Petese Stories is a compilation of seventy stories about the virtues and vices of women. The numerous stories were compiled on the orders of the prophet Petese of Heliopolis that they may serve as a literary testament by which he would be remembered. Petese was, according to literary tradition, Platos Egyptian instructor in astrology. The composition seems to have been modelled on the fundamental Myth of the Sun's Eye. The overall structural pattern of the text is very similar to the Arabian Nights; a frame story forms the introduction as well as the fabric into which the long series of shorter tales are woven. Among the stories preserved in the new manuscript one is particularly remarkable in that it is known from a translation by Herodotus, the so-called Pheros Story (Book II, chap. 111).