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... characteristics must be based on pure assumption. About the race to which the
Egyptian known to us from mummies and statues belongs and his characteristics,
there is 1 Among the books which derive their information about the history ...
... was hardly ever met with in Upper Egypt.2 But it is quite as impossible to show
that the Egyptian was a Semite, as some have attempted to do, as that he was a
negro. The language of the Egyptian as known to us by the Opinions inscriptions
... the canals with their various branches, were all known.1 Each nome with its
independent administration, formed, practically, a small but complete state. The
number of the nomes according to classical authors varies ; Diodorus, who says (
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.
... the kings in Manetho's list are in many instances corrupt ; by the help of the
monuments, however, the greater number can be corrected, and the value of the
document is the more assured as more of the historical inscriptions become
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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