This book presents ten narrative texts written in the demotic script and preserved in papyri from the Tebtunis temple library (1st / 2nd century AD). Eight of the texts are historical narratives which focus on the first millennium BC. Four concern prince Inaros, who rebelled against the Assyrian domination of Egypt in the 7th century, and his clan. One is about Inaros himself, while the other three take place after his death. Two other narratives mention Necho I and II of the Saite Period. The story about Necho II is particularly noteworthy, since it refers to the king as Nechepsos and for the first-time provides us with the identity behind this name. Nechepsos is well attested as a sage king in Greek literary tradition, above all in relation to astrology. Of the two final historical narratives, one belongs to the cycle of stories about the Heliopolitan priesthood and the other concerns the Persian occupation of Egypt in the 5th or 4th century. The volume further includes a prophecy that forms the continuation of Nectanebo's Dream, known from the Greek translation by Apollonios, and a new version of the mythological Contendings of Horus and Seth.
Apart from a translation of the prophecy, none of the papyri have previously been published.
Kim Ryholt is professor of Egyptology at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of The Political Situation in Egypt During the Second Intermediate Period C. 18001550 B. C. and Narrative Literature from the Tebtunis Temple Library, both also published by Museum Tusculanum Press.