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For example, there is the marvellous similarity, almost amounting to identity, of
the personal pronouns, both separate and suffixed — a class of words which
languages of radically different families are not apt to borrow from one another ...
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 ...
... the power of Egypt must ever have been of a shadowy nature, boldly declared
themselves free, and their neighbours and kinsmen living in Syria and in the
districts to the north and north-east of Damascus followed Conquest their
A stag, year; likewise the palm" [Of the stag meaning " year " I can give no
example. The palm branch | or ^ renpit, is the common word for " year."] 17. "The
boy signifies growth'' [Compare which is the determinative of words meaning "
The following examples will show that the Greek, in many cases, represents
Compari- the Egyptian very closely. Aeyei "HXtos ftaaikei 'Pa/ii<rrri' Greek
BeSwpTjfiai <roi dvh Tracrav oiKOVfiemjv yaerA ^apa<! ftaaiKeveiv, g| m H^O] ^
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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