The Egyptian was usually of slender build , with broad shoulders , sinewy arms
and legs , and long hands and feet . His head was small , with large eyes , full
cheeks , broad mouth , lips inclined to be full , and square chin . The nose was
1 The steps are six in number , and are about 38 , 36 , 341 , 32 , 31 and 29 } feet
in height ; the width of each step is from six to seven feet . The lengths of the
sides at the base are : north and south , 352 feel ; east and west , 596 feet , and
This pyramid is about 115 feet high , and is built in three stages ; the first is 70 ,
the second 20 , and the third about 25 feet high . It was never completed . 3733
Chufu , or Cheops , the next king of Egypt , is more famous as the builder of the ...
... and several hitherto unseen parts of it have been brought to view . The Sphinx
is hewn out of the living rock , but pieces of stone have been added where
necessary ; the body is about 150 feet long , the paws are 50 feet long , the head
is 30 ...
The height of this obelisk is 105 feet , and if the weight be taken into
consideration , and the difficult site , among a crowd of buildings , upon which it
was to be set up , it will be easy to judge of the resources and skill of the Egyptian
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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