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... 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 of which would enable him to repel the attacks ...
... of coffins and sarcophagi in which he was laid ; of the ushabtiu and other
figures , stelæ , vases , etc. , which formed the furniture of a well appointed tomb :
and also of the most important classes of tombs hewn or built in different
2 II The Pyramid of Mêdûm Statue of Chephren The Shekh el - Beled The
entrance to the tombs at Beni - hasan The Colossi at Thebes Seti I. in battle
Rameses II . when a child The Rosetta Stone inscribed in honour of Ptolemy V. ,
Statue of Rā - nefer Section of the Tomb of Rameses II . Plan of the Tomb of
Rameses II . Three Mastabas at Gizeh Entrance to a Mastaba at Şakşârah Plan of
a Mastaba with four serdâbs Longitudinal section of a Mastaba Transverse
343 Figures of Kings and Private Persons Coffins Sarcophagi Egyptian Tombs :
Măsțăbas Pyramids Theban Tombs Egyptian Writing Materials :The Papyrus
Palette Reeds and Ink Egyptian Writing : Hieroglyphic , Hieratic , and Demotic
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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