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The monuments and remains of ancient Egypt preserved in the great museums of
Europe and Egypt are chiefly of a sepulchral character , and we owe them
entirely to the belief of the Egyptians that the soul would at some period revivify
The names of 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 ...
The monuments of the IVth dynasty are numerous , and the tombs of this period ,
particularly , show to what a high state of culture and civilization the Egyptians
had attained . Of the first king , Seneferu , very little is known : he invaded 3766 ...
The discovery of the steps which led up to the Sphinx , a smaller Sphinx , and an
open temple , etc. , was made by Caviglia , who first excavated this monument ;
within the last few years very extensive excavations have been made round it by
The condition in which the monument now appears is due to the savage
destruction of its features by the Muḥammadan rulers of Egypt , some of whom
caused it to be used for a target . Around this imposing relic of antiquity , whose
origin is ...
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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