P.Oxy. LIII 3720

Life of Aesop (addendum to 3331)

ed. M. W. Haslam

EES: Papyrology Room, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

"Another, more substantial piece of the same manuscript ... belongs to the section of the Life in which Aesop is in the service of the king of Babylon -- a section transferred to Aesop en bloc from the Assyrian Book of Aqihar. Aesop, the king's dioiketes and problem-solver, is falsely accused of treason by his adopted son and condemned to death, but is secretly saved from execution ... When next the king has an unsolvable zetema posed him by the king of Egypt, Aesop is revealed as being still alive ..."


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