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343 Figures of Kings and Private Persons Coffins Sarcophagi Egyptian Tombs :
Măsțăbas Pyramids Theban Tombs Egyptian Writing Materials :The Papyrus
Palette Reeds and Ink Egyptian Writing : Hieroglyphic , Hieratic , and Demotic
It is inscribed with fragments of 14 lines of hieroglyphics , 32 lines of demotic ,
and 54 lines of Greek . A portion of the stone has been broken off from the top ,
and the right - hand bottom corner has also suffered injury . It now measures 3ft .
The inscriptions on the Rosetta Stone form a version of a Contents decree of the
priesthood assembled at Memphis in honour of Stone . Ptolemy V. , Epiphanes ,
King of Egypt , B.C. 195 , written in hieroglyphics , demotic and Greek .
The Greek portion of the inscriptions appears to be the original document , and
the hieroglyphic and demotic versions merely translations of it . Although it is
nearly certain that , without the aid of the Greek inscription found on the socket of
placed the Egyptian , and the writing in common use among the people , called to
- day “ demotic ” or “ enchorial , ” and anciently “ epistolographic , " completely
usurped the place of the “ hieratic ” or cursive form of hieroglyphic writing .
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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