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The So-Called Demotic Chronicle (4.5)

(4,657 words)

Author(s): Quack, Joachim-Friedrich
Commentary The composition is preserved on only one single papyrus (Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale 215 rt.), which, given that it lacks both the beginning and the end, seriously impedes interpretation. The papyrus is a palimpsest, i.e. the text in question was written after the preceding text inscribed on the papyrus was erased. It dates to the late 3rd century bce and probably comes from the Memphite region. On the back of the same papyrus, a number of unrelated shorter texts were inscribed. They present a story about king Amasis who, suffering from a …