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16, 23) : " Homines autem Aegyptii plerique subfusculi sunt et atrati 1 magis
quam maesti oris, gracilenti et aridi, ad singulos motus excandescentes " When
an Egyptian had an aquiline nose, it indicated that he had Semitic blood in his
Dr. Lepsius tried to show by the names of the numerals and alphabets that the
Indo-European, Semitic and Coptic families of languages were originally
identical,* and Schwartze 8 asserted that Coptic was analogous to the Semitic
Quite recently Dr. Erman has discussed1 the question of the affinity of the
language of the hieroglyphics with the Semitic dialects, and he is of opinion that a
relationship undoubtedly exists. To support this view he prints a list of Egyptian
Several apparent irregularities of the Semitic pronoun, as for example, the
changing of the n into *"[ in the affix, even find in the theory of the Coptic pronoun
a satisfactory explanation. The analogies of the nouns of number pointed out by ...
Max Miiller and others, "the Egyptian Max Mul- and the Semitic languages belong
to quite different stages lersviews- of language, the former to what Prof. Max
Miiller calls the second or Terminational, the latter to the third or Inflexional stage.
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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