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Over the early history of Egypt there hangs a mystery The greater than that which
shrouds the origin and home of the Egyptian ; of the period which preceded
Mena (Menes), the Egyptian first historical king of Egypt, nothing is known.
Uncertainty of Egyptian Chrono- the names of forty-seven kings, agreeing closely
, in the matter of selection of names, with the Tablet of Abydos. The name of Mer-
ba-pen, the sixth king of the 1st dynasty, is that which begins this list. The Tablet ...
In the reign of this king a great famine happened. 4300 He ... With this king's
name the Tablet of Sak- 4233 karah begins. ... Sent, the last 4000 king of this
dynasty, revised a work on medicine, and he Early appears to be the first king of
Some years ago it was generally believed to have been made during the rule of
the kings of the Middle Empire over ... of the inscription part of the name of Cha-f-
Ra or Chephren appears, and hence some have thought that this king was the ...
The reputation which this king left behind him is that of a good and just ruler. The
kings of the Vth like those of the IVth dynasty are famous rather as builders than
as warriors. The rule of the first king, Userkaf, extended as far as Elephantine.
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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