... or mummy , 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
... which favour the theory that the Egyptian is allied to the Semitic languages are
collected in his work Ueber das Verhältniss der Aegyptischen Sprache zum
Semitischen Sprachstamme , Leipzig , 1844 . · Mémoire sur l ' inscription du
... was inscribed during the reign of Rameses II . , and it gives the names of forty -
seven kings , agreeing closely EGYPTIAN HISTORY .
It was inscribed during the reign of Thothmes III . , and contains the names of sixty
- one kings . Notwithstanding the fact that in the arrangement no chronological
order has been followed , the tablet is of great value , for it mentions the names of
An inscription found by Mariette near one of the pyramids to the east of the
pyramid of Cheops shows that the Sphinx existed in the time of Chu - fu or
Cheops . The Egyptians called the Sphinx ķu Dm , and he represented the god
Harmachis , i ...
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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