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... 1855, seems to show that the labours of Akerblad and Young were of more
importance than is usually attributed to them ; the views of Egyptologists quoted
at the end of that chapter will indicate the prevailing opinion of experts on this
The Demotic text has been studied by M. de Sacy, Lettre a M. Chaptal sur I '
inscription /gypt. de Rosette, Paris, 1802; by Akerblad, Letter A M. de Sacy sur /'
inscription /gypt. de Rosette, Paris, 1 802 ; by Young, Hieroglyphics (collected by
Chapters on Egyptian Funereal Archaeology Sir Ernest Alfred Wallis Budge.
letter on the inscriptions on the Rosetta Stone,1 and the work of this learned man
was soon after followed by that of Akerblad who, in a letter to M. de Sacy*
About this time Young, in England, was studying the texts on the Rosetta Stone,
and had actually begun to make a translation of the demotic section, making use
of the results obtained by de Sacy and Akerblad, to the latter of whom great credit
Silvestre de Sacy and Akerblad. In 1802 M. Akerblad, the Swedish President at
Rome, published his Lettre sur l'inscription Egyptienne de Rosette, adressée au
citoyen Silvestre de Sacy, in which he gave the results of his study of the demotic
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'The Mummy' is an amazing book because it's so much more than a description of how, why and when Ancient Egyptians preserved their dead. Look just through the contents and you'll be amazed at the range of material - as if Wallis Budge had emptied a sackful of knowledge for the learner to pick through. Because that's it's best use, a source book on Ancient Egypt - as long as you remember it's dated and some ideas rejected.
The first few pages introduce and include a list of the nomes (districts) in hieroglyphics and transcriptions. The pages on Egyptian chronology, as well as reviewing problems oof disagreement ammong both sources and scholars includes a useful list of rulers - although the real jewel here, following a good basic history, is a list of 2 of the 5 names available of Pharaohs (hieroglyphics & transcriptions); this is a must for any visitor to inscriptions in museums or Egypt itself. A clear history of the decipherment of hieroglyphics is followed by a useful list of hieroglyphs, useful that is for those looking at REAL inscriptions.Then the book gets into mummies IN DETAIL but beware as, for example when dealing with ushabti, Budge will throw at you a whole paragraph of (untranslated) hieroglyphics - after all, you did read everything before that, didn't you? Then anything and everything is on offer - stelae, coffins, draught-boards,the gods, graves, numbers ..... As I said above it is a book to dpp into and not to read from cover to cover. And that's why I give it 4 stars
PS It's by far the most USEFUL of my books on Ancient Egypt
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The Mummy: Chapters on Egyptian Funereal Archaeology
Sir Ernest Alfred Wallis Budge
Limited preview - 1964