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Whatever may be the truth on these points, it is pretty clear that no traces of their
works or buildings have come down to us, and as skulls belonging to their time
have not been found, any statement as to their race characteristics must be
... Egypt.2 But it is quite as impossible to show that the Egyptian was a Semite, as
some have attempted to do, as that he was a negro. The language of the
Egyptian as known to us by the Opinions inscriptions which he left behind him
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.
In the sixth year of Usertsen II. thirty-seven people 2366 belonging to a branch of
the Semitic race called Aamu, in the country of Absha, brought a gift of eye-paint
to Chnemu-hetep, in whose tomb this interesting scene is depicted.
The names of many kings belonging to this period are known from the
monuments, but a greater knowledge of the history of that time is necessary for
arranging them in chronological order. It seems pretty certain that few of the kings
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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