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The novel is based on the ancient Egyptian literary monument "The Tale of Sinuhe," one of the oldest surviving examples of the artistic prose of mankind. It was composed during the Middle Kingdom, during the reign of the Pharaoh, the founder of the 12th dynasty of Amenemcheth I (circa 2000 BC).
While working on this work, the author was able to reflect historically correctly the political relations, cultural and religious traditions inherent in that epoch, which was also recognized among Egyptologists. However, Valtari himself deliberately refused historical reliability in favor of artistry. The name of the protagonist and part of the narrative canvas are taken from the ancient Egyptian "Tale of Sinuhe," but the action was transferred from the Middle Kingdom during the XVIII dynasty of the New Kingdom and the reforms of Akhenaten. In addition, stories from ancient Greek mythology have been added.