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The hieroglyphic sometimes speaks plainly by means of the letters of the
alphabet, and sometimes uses symbols, and when it uses symbols, it sometimes
(a) speaks plainly by imitation, and sometimes (6) describes in a figurative way,
... of the Egyptians and three sorts of writing, epistolographic and hieroglyphic
and symbolic, which sometimes speak in the common way by imitation and
sometimes describe one thing by another in accordance with certain secret rules.
... the alphabet which Mr. Akerblad has given us can be of much further utility
than in enabling us to decipher the proper names ; and sometimes I have 1 Letter
to the Rev. S. Weston respecting some Egyptian Antiquities. With 4 copper plates.
It happens sometimes that the younger members of a family, having become
richer, pay the debts of their ancestors, secure the removal of the condemnatory
sentence upon them, and give them most sumptuous funerals. The great honours
... and sewn up again. The cavity in 1 In mummies of the best period the
intestines are sometimes found in packets beneath the bandages. , B. M. M the
skull is now filled up with a mixture of AN EGYPTIAN FUNERAL. 161.
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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