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Title: The literary sources of the Kebra Nagast
Authors: Hubbard, David Allan
Supervisors: Ullendorff, Edward
Issue Date: 1956
Abstract: "The challenge to undertake the task of studying the literary sources of the Kebra Nagast was issued by the orientalist, Carl Bezold. In the introduction to his text and translation of the KN Bezold observes: "Eine Untersuchung der Quellen dieses Werkes müsste auf Grund von Weit ausgedehnteren und viel tieferen Literaturkenntnissen, als sie mir persönlich zu Gebote stehen, unternommen werden und bildete eine eigene Arbeit für sich .... Was folgt, bitte ich daher nur als Skizzen zu einer späteren Zeichnung zu betrachten, die hoffentlich in nicht allzuferner Zukunft von kundiger Hand entworfen werden wird." Although fifty years have passed since Bezold flung down the gauntlet, and in spite of his hope that it be picked up "in nicht allzuferner Zukunft," no one has yet set out to study the KN systematically with a view to disentangling the literary sources. I have attempted to do so, not because of any mistaken idea that I fulfill the lofty qualifications outlined by Bezold, but because I feel that an endeavor to fill this breach should be made." -- Taken from the Introduction.
Type: Thesis
Publisher: University of St Andrews
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