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Flaubert's TentationRemapping Nineteenth-Century French Histories of Religion and Science$
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Mary Orr

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258581

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258581.001.0001

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Description of Egypt

Description of Egypt

Chapter:
(p.52) 1 Description of Egypt
Source:
Flaubert's Tentation
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Mary Orr (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258581.003.0002

As ‘prologue’ chapter of the text and this study, the geographies, hagiographies, and semiologies at work in the opening tableau of the Tentation are elucidated in this order, and for the first time in this way. The analogous ancient, 4gh‐ and 19th‐century descriptions of Egypt are underscored alongside the coherence of the Vita Antonii and Flaubert's story of Antoine, with its imaginary figures, Ammonaria and Didymus. Antoine's interpretations of scripture concluding the chapter are read as models the study takes up ‘literally’, to read the Tentation as a set of carefully mapped analogies and comparisons.

Keywords:   ancient Egypt, the vita, Vita Antonii, Voragine, Légende dorée, Ammonaria, Didymus the Blind, exegesis of Scripture, modes of interpretation, reverse chronological

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