The monuments and remains of ancient Egypt preserved in the great museums of
Europe and Egypt are chiefly of a sepulchral character, and we owe them entirely
to the belief of the Egyptians that the soul would at some period revivify the ...
... Frog ; 357 Toad 357 Scorpion 357 Beetle 357 Snake 357 Fish 357 Cippi of
Horus 358 The Egyptian Months, and their names, in Coptic, Greek, and Arabic
363 Egyptian and Coptic Numbers • 364 A List of Common Hieroglyphic
Following the statement of Diodorus Siculus,1 it was the fashion some years ago
to state in books of history that the ancient Egyptian was a negro, and some
distinguished historians still make the statement that " the fundamental character
... but that it was more akin to the Semitic languages in its simple character and
lack of logical structure. Bunsen and Paul de Lagarde thought that the Egyptian
language represented a pre-historic layer of Semi- tism, and tried to show that the
Their religion and government were well founded, and their education was of a
very high character. So far as is known there was no other nation, except the
Babylonians under Naram-Sin and Sargon, which was so highly civilized at this ...
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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