February 25th Trivia Solution

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The wonderful tales of 'The Arabian Nights' have been entertaining young people for a couple of centuries now in the West. Who was the first European translator of 'The Arabian Nights'?

Correct answer:
  • Antoine Galland

Incorrect answers:
  • Richard Burton
  • T. H. Lawrence
  • Arthur Waley

Interesting Info:
  • Galland's version of these tales was rather different than what he had discovered in Arabic: he made a number of embellishments and in fact greatly added to the tales. His first edition came out in 1704 in French, and soon gained widespread popularity. Ironically, 'The Arabian Nights' (also called: The 1001 Nights) was a relatively obscure set of stories in the Arab world, and was certainly not considered 'great literature'. In fact, these tales were originally translated into Arabic from the Persian, so they are practically not Arabian at all!

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