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Following up the idea that the mummy is the most important of all objects, I have
given an account of the various methods of embalming ; of the amulets and other
objects which formed the mummy's dress ; of the various kinds of coffins and ...
None of the researches which have been carried on by historians, philologists,
anthropologists and archaeologists has, up to the present, given us any
information from which we may reasonably hope to arrive at a decision as to the
time when ...
The Hebrews called Egypt " Mizraim," and the Assyrians and Babylonians Mu?ur;
it is given this latter name in the cuneiform despatches of Tushratta, King of Mitani
, about B.C. 1550. Upper Egypt extended from Aswan (Syene) to Memphis, ...
He was alive about hlstonans- B.C. 271, and is said to have been a
contemporary of Ptolemy I. ; his Egyptian history was composed during the reign
of Ptolemy II. Philadelphus, B.C. 286-247. Extracts from this work are given us by
Nearly every student of Egyptian chronology arrives at conclusions different from
any of his predecessors, and how widely different they are is seen from the fact
that the date given for Menes by Champollion-Figeac is 5867, by Bockh 5702, ...
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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