The lion and the mouse
26 pp, ills.
British Museum Publications 1984
Løven og musen
Lejonet och musen
Carlsen if 1984
Iwanami Shoten Publishers 1984
translated from a papyrus scroll written down by an Egyptian scribe around
the 2nd century AD in a script known as Demotic.
The story is most commonly known in the version
by Aesop, who lived in Greece in the 7th-6th centuries BC and another by
Lafontaine in the 17th century AD. Animal fables had existed in Egypt long
before Aesop, and the core of the story presented here probably goes back
much further than the manuscript. This version introduces MAN as the great
The drawings were made by the author, based on
paintings and reliefs more than 3000 years old.