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  • Keywords
    • Ancient History Epic,
    • Ancient Egypt Pharaoh,
    • Ramses,
    • Throne of Osiris,
    • Culture Ancient Egypt,
    • Priests Ancient Egypt,
    • Ancient political system

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The Throne of Osiris
(a tale of Ancient Egypt)
by Bolesław Prus

Egypt 1100 BCE – disease and old age have weakened Pharaoh’s grip on power. Egypt’s Council of Archpriests seeks to supplant him. But their pride and heavy-handedness have plunged the kingdom into dire straits. In order to avert a crisis twenty-two year old Crown Prince Ramses issues directives that will ease the suffering of his people and gain much needed funding for his own future reign. The priests however thwart his efforts. Conflict erupts. While the high priests have but a few allies and the wealth of the temples as well as an unusually smart organizing capability, a great majority of the people, the police, the army, and even many of the subordinate priests all side with the young fair-minded ruler. Uneven as these odds are the outcome is far from certain, and the consequent power struggle threatens the kingdom and the ancient world with the collapse of the social order. The Throne of Osiris is a historical saga of intrigue and subterfuge, an epic account of crisis in government and the struggle for dominance. This classic tale serves up a lavish depiction of life in ancient Egypt, the structure of its society, its religious beliefs, and traditions. With numerous parallels to today’s world it is a study in the raw mechanisms of power and explores the attempts of the young to govern and to right society’s wrongs.

"Written in the late 1800s about a world three thousand years ago, replete with parallels to the world of today, the tale outlives time, reminding us that the present is not free of the past, and that vestiges of ancient cultures live on." —Clara Bnińska Arnaud | "The book’s descriptions of land, clothing, rituals, and the economics of ancient Egypt are rich and detailed. Despite the seriousness of its themes and the density of its historical context, the book is light enough to enjoy throughout." —Foreword Clarion Reviews ★★★★ | “This work, translated by Meissner, maintains both the tone and pace of an age-old epic. The story makes for an insightful, sometimes unexpected look at a past world. It also sheds light on the time in which it was written. The original book by Prus was published in Polish in the 1800s. Readers are left with what amounts to a unique look at two bygone eras.” —Kirkus Reviews | “An archetype of the struggle for power that goes on in any state” –Czesław Miłosz | “A vision of mankind as rich as Shakespeare’s, ranging from the sublime to the commonplace” –Christopher Kasparek | “A study of the fates of nations” –Wikipedia

Bolesław Prus (1847-1912) was the Polish novelist who penned the original work under the title The Pharaoh. It is allegorical of the reality that Prus was not free to comment on at the time due to censorship. In the story, he managed to couch the plight of his native Poland in the 1800s. Peter Meissner, the translator of The Throne of Osiris, lives in Ontario, Canada.


Bolesław Prus
P. Ursyn Meissner

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