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Title: The Date of the 'Tale of the Eloquent Peasant'
Author(s): PARKINSON, R.B.
Journal: Revue d'Égyptologie
Volume: 42 Date: 1991
The setting of the 'Tale of the Eloquent Peasant' has lead to an assumption that the date of composition lay within the Heracleopolitan period, based on a simplistic correlation of literature and history. Recent redatings are reviewed with a general theoretical discussion, and possible specific evidence is considered, including an apparent allusion to the titulary of Senwosret II. The manuscript tradition is not suggestive of a long period of transmission between the composition and the copies from the second half of the 12th dynasty and the early 13th dynasty. In such matters a combination of various factors, viewed within a literary context, is most persuasive, and in the case of the 'Tale of the Eloquent Peasant' the balance of evidence supports a mid-late 12th dynasty date.