The Origin of the Book of Sindbad by B.E. Perry

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Lit. ) derives from India, was told by Hesiod (fr. 17) concerning Orion and Kedalion, and by Greek mythologists in the Hellenistic age; cf. S. Trenkner, The Greek Novella p. 3. As Miss Trenkner observes in another place (p. 50 Download Date | 8/28/13 4:18 AM immediate in sense, since it is rarely possible to know just when and where any story in its elemental outlines, whether 'Indian' or 'Persian', first came to be told. What concerns us here is the origin and nationality of a particular book, not the ultimate origins of the folktales which it contains.

N. " For the story of 'Slow the Weaver/ see A. W. Ryder's translation of (Pürnabhadra's) Panchatantra, Chicago 1925, pp. 449 ff. ™ The Indian story is told äs the final episode in the life of a Brahman named Somas*arman. While wandering about in a stränge country he is offered hospitality by the wife of the king's minister who invites him to dinner. He refuses to enter the lady's house, but accepts the bowl of rice which she gives him in order to eat it outside under a tree by a lotus-pool. While he is getting water to drink, a snake, being Strangled in the claws of a hawk, drops its poison into the rice and the Brahman dies when he eats it.

It seems very probable that he was the M s b. ** The name Kesrawi indicates that he was a Persian, or at least regarded s such, and this corresponds to Ìïàóïò ü ÐÝñóçò, Moreover, Amr b. Bahr al-Jahiz (d. 869 A. " No other Interpretation of the text s it Stands is possible, and no emendation, s suggested by Jemstedt, is needed. The text reads: Ôïõ ìõèïãñÜöïõ Óõíôßðá êáôÜ Óýñïõò, ìÜëëïí äå Ðåñóþí ôïõò óïöïýò ëüãïãñÜöüõò, áõôÞ ðÝöõêåí çí âëÝðåéò äÝëôïò, ößëå. Since M s b. 521. This had previously been suggested by DeSacy, Notices et Extraits IX 405.

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