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The preservation of the embalmed body, or mummy, was the chief end and aim of
every Egyptian who wished for everlasting life. For the sake of the mummy's
safety tombs were hewn, papyri were inscribed with compositions, the knowledge
PAGE The Pyramid of Meddm 12 Statue of Chephren 13 The Shekh el-Beled 16
The entrance to the tombs at Beni-hasan .... 20 The Colossi at Thebes 35 Seti I. in
battle 39 Rameses II. when a child 41 The Rosetta Stone inscribed in honour of ...
... and ending with Seti I., the father of Rameses II. ; it is not a complete list, and
there is nothing to show why certain names are omitted. The Tablet of Sakkarah,
discovered by Mariette at Sakkarah, was inscribed during the reign of Rameses ...
It was inscribed during the reign of Thothmes III., and contains the names of sixty-
one kings. Notwithstanding the fact that in the arrangement no chronological
order has been followed, the tablet is of great value, for it mentions the names of
... and was brought to Thebes, and was polished and inscribed and set up within
seven months. The height of this obelisk is 105 feet, and if the weight be taken
into consideration, and the difficult site, among a crowd of buildings, upon which
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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