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And just as we know nothing of the period of the advent of the invaders, so also
we know nothing of the aboriginal people whom we may assume they found
living there when they arrived. The Egyptian aborigines are thought by some to
The Sphinx is hewn out of the living rock, but pieces of stone have been added
where necessary ; the body is about 1 50 feet long, the paws are 50 feet long, the
head is 30 feet long, the face is 14 feet wide, and from the top of the head to the ...
And if the living were well cared for, the dead were no less so. The tombs built for
high Beauty of officials and gentlemen attest the care of the sorrowing ^^j1"
relatives, while the sculptures and paintings employed to XHth adorn them
... the power of Egypt must ever have been of a shadowy nature, boldly declared
themselves free, and their neighbours and kinsmen living in Syria and in the
districts to the north and north-east of Damascus followed Conquest their
... hewn out of the living rock. The large hall inside contains eight columns with
large figures of Osiris about 17 feet high upon them. Among other matters the
inscriptions give a list of the children of Rameses. The gold mines in the land of
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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