SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1927
ARABIAN NIGHTS OBiGIN
.TRACED THROUGH TIME
BY TUBINGEN SCHOLAR
]LANGUAGE OF TALES IS SPEECH
USED BY COMMON PEOPLE
OF ANCIENTU ARABIA
LECTURER IS AUTHORITY
Has Taken Part In Eastern Expedi-
tions And Is Expert In Rare
Dialects Of Remote Peoples
Speaking yesterday afternoon in
Natural Science auditorium, Dr. Enno
Littmann, of the University of Tu-
bingen, delivered a lecture upon the
subject, "The Origin of the Arabian
In opening the talk, XDr. Littmann
compared the Arabian Nights, other-
wise known os "The Thousand-and-One
Nights," to a multi-colored meadow,
composed of many different kinds of
lbright and refreshing flowers. He
athen made a little apology for what-
,ever "weeds' may be found in the
works, explaining that what is offen-
sive to modern morals was absolutely
proper at the time that the stories
According to Dr. Littmann, the
Arabian Nights made their first liter-
ary appearance in Europe in 1704 to
1717, in the form of a series of 12 vol-
umes by a Frenchman named Galon.
The writing was extremely well-done,
and immediately aroused the interest
of the entire European reading public.
It was soon translated into all Eur-
opean languages, and was even re-
translated into the Oriental languages
from which it was taken.
Attempts To Trace Origin
Since the beginning of the ninteenth
century scholars have been endeavor-
ing to. trace these tales back to their
origin. This research work has not
yet been completed, owing to changes
made in the original manuscripts by
subsequent translators. Thus the
names of characters as used in the
present versions of the work are
recognized to be of Persian origin,
the frame storybundoubtedly Indian,
the language employed is of the type
used by the common people of Arabia
-in spite of the fact that it is put into
the mouths of kings and princes-
and other parts are traced back to
Syrian, Mesopotamian, and medieval
The frame story is composed of
three parts, clearly distinguished in
the course of the lecture, and of which
only the third part was included in
the originalversion. Dr. Littmann
also expressed the belief that the title,
"One Thousand-and-One Nights" was
intended to express merely a large
number, and should not be taken
Speaker Is Linguist
Dr. Littmann has taken part in a
great many expeditions to foreign
countries in his study of ,the more
remote and rarer languages and
dialects, chiefly in Syria. Abyssinia,
etc. He is one of the outstanding fig-
ures in the linguistic field, and is
noted for his adaptibility in learning
languages. Although, English is not
his native tongue, he mastered it
thoroughly, idioms, figures of speech,
as well as the literary side of it, in
about six months, and his lecture yes-
terday was delivered in faultless lan-
guage, with no trace of accent.'
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aerial machine gunner in action, and inset, the bursting of a bomb dropped
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C. C. Edmonds, formerly of the econ-
omics department of the University,
and now in charge of the retail
agencies of the Buick Motor company,
will speak to the students of the
others interested on "Sales Control in
School of Business Administration and
Automobile Merchandising" Wednes-
day afternoon, Dec. 13, in room 206,
Edinonds was instructor in a course
of industrial management in the econ-
omics department here. Acting Dean
Clare E. Griffin, of the business ad-
ministration school, says of him, "He
is a man of considerable academic
training in business, and has had
several years of experience with the
Buick Motor company, and so he has
a considerable knowledge of the sub-
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