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  • Description

    Papyrus; On verso: Demotic text of Tale of Setne (II); recto : Greek text of land-registers from Crocodilopolis, dated to Year 7 of Claudius (46-7 AD).

    Setne-Khaemwaset II

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1stC
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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 141 centimetres (frame)
    • Width: 50.5 centimetres (frame)
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Comment

        From NCS's Compass entry:

        Setne II consists of two main stories, written in demotic script on papyrus. In one story Setne sees the funerals of a rich and a poor man. He is then taken to see different parts of the Underworld where he sees the two men again, but this time their positions are reversed. This story may have influenced related Jewish and Greek legends.

        The second story is that of a magical contest 1500 years in the past, between an Egyptian and a Nubian magician, which ends dramatically when the conflict threatens to return in the present.
  • Curator's comments

    Crocodilopolis is mentioned in the Greek text. Although several sites were given this name, the attestation in the text probably refers to the Panopolite nome (whose capital is Akhmim)

    G. Pinch, Magic in Ancient Egypt (London 1994), fig.23.
    Recent translations in: W.K. Simpson (ed.), The Literature of Ancient Egypt, New Haven & London 2003 (3rd ed.): 470-89; F. Hoffmann & J.F. Quack, Anthologie der demotischen Literatur, Berlin 2007: 118-37.
    To be re-studied by Sonja Fodor


  • Bibliography

    • Trismegistos 22674 ( bibliographic details
    • Trismegistos 22675 ( bibliographic details
    • Trismegistos 44854 ( bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Papyrus Survey: Condition Details: Papyrus: fractured, fragmentary, insect attack, loss, spots Black ink Adhered: glass Displayed in Room 62 until 1997 Mount Details: Sandwich: glass Frame: wood Object Priority: B Mount Priority: A Overall Condition: B Curatorial condition comment: fair

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  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • Frame.1
    • MSS 604
COMPASS Title: Papyrus from the Setne Khaemwaset stories. Image shows the left side of SHEET 1 (Verso)


COMPASS Title: Papyrus from the Setne Khaemwaset stories. Image shows the left side of SHEET 1 (Verso)

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