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Imagining the Past: Historical Fiction in New Kingdom Egypt

Colleen Manassa


This book examines four tales within the corpus of ancient Egyptian literature. During the Ramesside Period, the ancient Egyptians composed stories set two or even three centuries earlier. Known by their modern titles, The Quarrel of Apepi and Seqenenre, The Capture of Joppa, Thutmose III in Asia, and The Libyan Battle Story, each tale uses historically-attested figures within a plausible, yet fictional, narrative. Plot elements range from a witty exchange of letters to the first attested stratagem in world military history. Imagining the Past draws upon ancient Egyptian sources as well as mod ... More

Keywords: Ancient Egyptian literature, historiography, historical fiction, Thutmose III, Ramesses III, Merneptah, Hyksos, Ancient Libya, military history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199982226
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982226.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colleen Manassa, author
Yale University