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The monuments and remains of ancient Egypt preserved in the great museums of
Europe and Egypt are chiefly of a sepulchral character, and we owe them entirely
to the belief of the Egyptians that the soul would at some period revivify the ...
Following the statement of Diodorus Siculus,1 it was the fashion some years ago
to state in books of history that the ancient Egyptian was a negro, and some
distinguished historians still make the statement that " the fundamental character
Bunsen and Paul de Lagarde thought that the Egyptian language represented a
pre-historic layer of Semi- tism, and tried to show that the forms and the roots of
the ancient Egyptian could be explained neither by Aryan nor Semitic singly, but
This list is one of the most valuable documents which have come down to us, for
Manetho, by reason of his position as priest and his knowledge of the ancient
Egyptian language, had access to, and was able to make use of, the ancient ...
... kings of the Ancient Empire. The stele records that one day during an after-
dinner sleep, Harmachis appeared to Thothmes IV., and promised to bestow
upon him the crown of Egypt if he would dig his image, i.e., the Sphinx, out of the
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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