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... and some distinguished historians still make the statement that " the
fundamental character of the Egyptian in respect of physical type, language, and
tone of thought, is Nigritic."8 That neither the Egyptian nor his civilization is of
Nigritic origin ...
... or analogies which spring from a common origin is, to say the truth, almost
unsolvable. Egyptian We must then make for the language and civilization of
mhic'"Ha Egypt, a family by itself, which may be called Hamitic} 1 Rcnan, op. cit.,
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.
Around this imposing relic of antiquity, whose origin is wrapped in mystery, a
number of legends and The superstitions have clustered in all ages ; but
Egyptology has TM shown, I., that it was a colossal image of Ra-Harmachis, and
blem of ...
The expedition returned successfully, bearing with it great quantities of spices,
precious stones, and other products of the East. XIIth Dynasty. The kings of this
dynasty, like the Antefs and Menthu- heteps, were of Theban origin, and under
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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