The Tale of Two Brothers

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The Tale of Two Brothers is a fairytale, composed sometime in the late 18th or early 19th Dynasties (c.1350-1250 BCE). It recounts the adventures of Bata and Anubis, two siblings who suffer injustice and misfortune. From adulterous wives to the perils of fate, Anubis and Bata seek to defend themselves and find peace, but their journeys will take them from the idyllic Egyptian countryside, to distant countries, and ultimately to a showdown at pharaoh’s palace…

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Susan T. Hollis,  The Ancient Egyptian “Tale of Two Brothers:” The Oldest Fairy Tale in the World, 1990.

Miriam Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature, Volume II: The New Kingdom, 1976.

Thomas Schneider, “Innovation in Literature on Behalf of Politics: The Tale of the Two Brothers, Ugarit, and 19th Dynasty History,” Egypt and the Levant 18 (2008). Online.

William Kelly Simpson (ed.), The Literature of Ancient Egypt, 2003.

Pascale M. Teysseire, Portrayal of Women in the Ancient Egyptian Tale, PhD. Dissertation, 1998,


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