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Reeds and Ink 352 Egyptian Writing : — Hieroglyphic, Ilieratic, and Demotic >
353 Coptic Writing and Language \ Mummies of Animals, Reptiles, Birds, and
Fishes : — Apis Bull 356 Antelope 356 Cat 356 Crocodile 356 Shrew-mouse 356
... Ae°larS to the Indo-European nor to the Semitic family of languages, affinity of
The only known language which it resembles is Coptic, and Egyptian- this is now
pretty well understood to be a dialect of the language of the hieroglyphics.
Barth&emy, de Guignes, Giorgi, de Rossi and Kopp proclaimed unhesitatingly
the identity of Coptic with Hebrew,1 but Quatremere in his Recherches critiques
et historiques stir la langue et la litt/rature de ÜEgypte, p. 16, declared that Coptic
Renan does not seek to deny that the proposed relationships between Coptic
and Semitic dictionaries have something seductive about them, but he cannot
admit that they form any scientific proof ; he considers them to be accidents rather
Coptic. Hebrew. Plur. i. enen we &ifOIf inTON , 12$ in . - . . " 2- a.\ 777 y°u rteurrert
orisi for DfijN <vww- I » 3- thev rietooir The identity of the pronouns, and
especially the manner in which they are treated in the two groups of languages.
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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