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Tradition , in general , states tion of mummies that this king caused many
barbarous acts to be performed by and tombs his soldiers , and the wrecking of
many tombs and statues in by Cambyses . Egypt is said to date from his reign .
Now , Homer says this as he was accurately instructed tion of the in all learning
by means of the symbolic Ethiopian characters extract . For the Ethiopians do not
use alphabetic characters , but depict animals of all sorts instead , and limbs and
For example , those that are educated among the TranslaEgyptians first of all
learn that system of Egyptian charac- tion af ters which is styled
EPISTOLOGRAPHIC ; secondly , the HIERA- from TIC , which the sacred scribes
employ ; lastly and ...
... performing the operadeceased . tion of opening the mouth ärit dpt re , with 0 0
x 1 the instrument , and the deceased says in the text , “ Ptah ? has opened my
mouth with that instrument of steel with which he opened the mouth of the gods .
International Congress of Orientalists , a resolution was passed tion of the Book
of to the effect that for the furtherance of Egyptian studies an the Dead edition of
the Book of the Dead , or the Bible of the Old contemplated . Egyptians , " as ...
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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