The action of this book takes place on the west bank of the Nile at Thebes in Egypt about 2000 B.C.
Both places and time are incidental to the story. Any other place at any other time would have served
as well, but it so happened that the inspiration of both characters and plot was derived from two or
three Egyptian letters of the XIth Dynasty, found about twenty years ago by the Egyptian Expedition
of the Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York, in a rock tomb opposite Luxor, and translated by Professor (then Mr) Battiscombe Gunn in the Museum's Bulletin .