The Doomed Prince

Mini Episode.

Sometime in the 18th Dynasty, perhaps around the time of Akhenaten, a fairy-tale became popular in Egypt. The story spoke of a prince, forced to flee his home after a prophecy foretold that he would die from one of three fates – a dog, a snake, or a crocodile. Leaving Egypt, the prince went on many adventures – some quite familiar from our own fairy tales. Inevitably, though, the young man had to face his destiny, and confront the three fates which came for him…

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

George Posener, “On the Tale of the Doomed Prince,” Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 39 (1953). JSTOR.

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

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