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Sudanic Africa 5, 1994.



Books Received

T. Eide, T. Hägg, R.H. Pierce and L. Török (eds.), Fontes Historiae Nubiorum: Textual Sources for the History of the Middle Nile Region Between the Eighth Century BC and the Sixth Century AD. I: From the Eighth to the Mid-Fifth Century BC. Bergen 1994, ISBN 82-991411-6-8. Norw. kr. 180.

This volume is the first of four and makes available the textual sources­both literary and documentary­for the history of the Middle Nile Region between the eighth century BC and the sixth century AD. The texts are presented in their respective original languages (Egyptian, Greek, Latin) as well as in new English translations, and each is accompanied by an historical commentary. The present volume covers the period from the eighth to the mid-fifth century BC.

The translations are framed by philological introductions and notes intended to place the individual texts into their wider literary context and to substantiate the translators' interpretation of difficult passages. The commentary following the translations presents historical analyses and provides information about the historical context. Ample space has been given to bibliographical references.

The book is distributed by Dept. of Classics, University of Bergen, Sydnesplass 9, N-5007 Bergen, Norway (fax +47-5554 9191). Individuals and libraries may prefer to order their copies from Otto Harrassowitz Booksellers, P.O. Box 2929, D-65019 Wiesbaden, Germany, or from Institut de Papyrologie et d'Egyptologie, Université Charles de Gaulle-Lille III, B.P. 149, F-59653 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex (fax +33-2033 6306).

A fuller review will appear in a forthcoming issue of SAJHS.


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