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Of Unás , the last king of the Vth dynasty , we know little except that he built a
pyramid at Şaķķârah , which was opened in 1881 . The kings of the VIth dynasty
seem to have extended their operations further south , for their names are found
... opened the mines in the valley of Hammâmât ; he appears to have lived some
time at Tanis and to have had building operations carried on there like Usertsen I
. In the nineteenth year of this king ' s reign Chnemu - ḥetep became governor ...
... which the king opened on the 16th of Choiak in the eleventh year of his reign ,
by sailing across it in his barge called Atenneferu . The tablets inscribed in
cuneiform recently found at The Tell Tell el - Amarna prove that Amenophis III .
He also opened up for trade the old road between Kosseir on the Red Sea and
Coptos on the Nile . With the spoil which Rameses obtained from his successful
wars , and the wealth which he gained from his mines and trading enterprises ,
Piānchi set out once more for the north , and every city opened its gates to him
until he reached Memphis . Here he met with strong opposition , for Tasnecht had
brought several thousands of soldiers into the city , and every part of the wall was
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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