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The preservation of the embalmed body, or mummy, was the chief end and aim of
every Egyptian who wished for everlasting life. For the sake of the mummy's
safety tombs were hewn, papyri were inscribed with compositions, the knowledge
I. From the Papyrus of Ani . 168 Egyptian Funeral Procession. II. From the
Papyius of Ani. 170 View of the Coffin Chamber 172 Mummy of Artemidorus 186 "
Canopic"Jar 196 Ushabh : figure of the Scribe Pa-mer-ahu . . . .211 Ptah-Seker-
Phoenician Scarabs. Scarabs found at Ialysos, Kamiros, Tharros, Arban, Babylon
, etc. Scarabs used by Gnostics ... Amulets : — The Buckle or Tie ^ —
Hieroglyphic texts TheTetfi PAGE. 210 The Vulture The Collar sj^? .. The Papyrus
Sceptre J ...
PAGF Figures of Kings and Private Persons 301 Coffins 3°6 Sarcophagi 3IQ
Egyptian Tombs : — Mastabas 3 18 Pyramids 3z8 Theban Tombs 343 Egyptian
Writing Materials : — The Papyrus 349 Palette ••• 35° THE HISTORY OF EGYPT.
... Hlstory' to Manetho a race of demi-gods and kings from This, near Abydos, and
from Memphis ruled over Egypt before the advent of Mena, and these may
possibly correspond with the s/iesu Heru or " followers of Horus " of the Turin
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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