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... as remote as Babylon promptly claimed the friendship of their new kinsman ,
and their letters expressing their willingness to make alliances offensive and
defensive , are some of the most interesting objects of the " find ” at Tell el -
The Stele of Canopus has 74 lines of Greek to 54 on the Rosetta Stone , but as
the letters are longer and wider , it is clear from this also that the Greek versions
occupied about the same space . Allowing then for the difference in the size of
... letters are called by the Egyptians “ hieroglyphics . ” 5 Strabo , speaking of the
obelisks at Thebes , says that there are inscriptions upon them which proclaim
the riches and power of their kings , and that their rule extends even to Scythia ...
The hieroglyphic sometimes speaks plainly by means of the letters of the
alphabet , and sometimes uses symbols , and when it uses symbols , it
sometimes ( a ) speaks plainly by imitation , and sometimes ( 6 ) describes in a
figurative way ...
Hieroglyphic letters of the alphabet . composed of ( a . Cyriological by | 6 .
Symbolical imitation . comprising b . Tropical or the metaphorical . c . Enigmatical
. The next writer of importance on hieroglyphics is Horapollo Horapollo , who
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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