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The Egyptian Book of the Dead (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

John Romer , E.A. Wallis Budge
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28 Aug 2008 Penguin Classics
The Book of the Dead is a unique collection of funerary texts from a wide variety of sources, dating from the fifteenth to the fourth century BC. Consisting of spells, prayers and incantations, each section contains the words of power to overcome obstacles in the afterlife. The papyruses were often left in sarcophagi for the dead to use as passports on their journey from burial, and were full of advice about the ferrymen, gods and kings they would meet on the way. Offering valuable insights into ancient Egypt, The Book of the Dead has also inspired fascination with the occult and the afterlife in recent years.

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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (28 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140455507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140455502
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.1 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

E.A. Wallis Budge was the Curator of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities at the British Museum from 1894 to 1924. Best known for his numerous translator works, Budge collected a large number of Coptic, Greek, Arabic, Syriac, Ethiopian, and Egyptian Papyri manuscripts. He was also involved in numerous archaeology digs in Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Sudan. Budge is perhaps best known for translating The Egyptian Book of The Dead (also known as The Papyrus of Ani), as well as analyzing many of the practices of Egyptian religion, language and ritual. Budge was knighted in 1920. He died November 23, 1934 in London, England.

John Romer graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1966 and began his work in Middle Eastern archaeology shortly thereafter, conducting the first physical survey and conservation studies in the Valley of the Kings, and excavating the tomb of Ramesses XI. Romer has also dedicated a great part of his time to archaeological conservation and has made many TV and radio documentaries, to international critical acclaim. Besides numerous specialist articles and reports, his books have included Valley of the Kings; Ancient Lives. His latest book is The Great Pyramid; ancient Egypt revisited (2007).

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read 9 May 2013
By Liz\
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The quality of the book was really good and exceeded my expectations for the price I paid. Delighted with it and a very interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 times larger than the Papyrus of Ani edition 1 April 2010
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This edition of Budge's book of the Dead is not the same as the Dover edition (the Papyrus of Ani). It's in fact an edition Budge published a few years later (The Chapters of Coming Forth by Day), and it's a compilation of all the papyri available at the time, making this the most complete edition of the Book of the Dead available today. The translation itself has over 3 times the material in the earlier edition, and the translation is more polished than Budge's earlier work. If you have the Papyrus of Ani, I recommend you get this as well, as you're missing out on a ton of material. While the binding and presentation is not as good as the Dover, in terms of contents it is unbeatable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed, Penguin 30 Aug 2009
By Jordan M. Poss - Published on
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I am neither reviewing the Book of the Dead--its reputation is well known and deserved--nor the translation offered here. I am merely disappointed in the quality of this offering from Penguin Classics. This purportedly new edition is a quite literal reprint of the original edition of E.A. Wallis Budge's 1899 translation, with a new introduction tacked onto the beginning.

This wouldn't necessarily be a problem--Budge's translation is good enough--but the presentation is particularly shoddy and far below the standards usually upheld by Penguin. The book has not even been reset in modern type, but is a virtual photocopy of the original. Precisely the same translation--minus the new introduction--has been available from the more economic Dover Publications for years. Budge's translation is now presumably in the public domain, and this "new" printing by Penguin looks like a money grab. Very little effort has been put into this edition.

If you own no other copy of The Book of the Dead, by all means, buy this one. The Book of the Dead is worth owning. But if you're looking for a newer, updated, or otherwise revised edition than Budge's, which has been in print for a century now, skip it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for All Esoteric Students of Spirituality 17 Mar 2012
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The Egyptian Book of the Dead is very informative. One also needs to read the Tibetan Book of the Dead to compare how both civilizations viewed the process of life after death and what one would expect. The Ancient Egyptian civilizaton is gone, yet this is great that the ancient esoteric teachings have been recorded. Current people living in Egypt is not from the ancient Egyptians, they keep the traditions, yet are from surrounding countries that over the centuries have moved in. This is true because archeologists are finding out information today and then letting the Egyptian Government know which then places it on display for the visitors in time. It is the the archeologists that are informing this country about the history, the ancient culture, spirituality that took place, etc. This is so because the ancient esoteric spiritual teachings are not currently being practiced. Tibetan spirituality still exsists and being practices today and how they prepare people who are about to cross over to the other side of life through the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Both books are Excellent to read to have both perspectives. Tibetans are not afraid of death. They have a full understanding through their spiritual teachings with prepares them and gives them comfort. A very advanced culture in many ways. Both the Egyptians and Buddhists believe in reincarnation as well as many others and this helps one know that we are really an eternal soul. We continue to live on after one dies. All the near death experiencers say this and more. Egyptian Book of the Dead is a clear and concise book that explains how one viewed death in ancient Egypt and what was expected in that culture. The Tibetan book of the Dead goes farther in that it explains how the process of dying takes place both spiritually and physically. Nothing to worry... As a soul/spirit we are eternal as both books and cultures explain clearly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Egypt 10 May 2011
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glad to have this back on my shelf. Besides being a useful research tool it is poetry. gives insight into what was believed and many of the origins of current belief.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great and insightful 14 Aug 2010
By faithful girl - Published on
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I love this book. Definitely a mature read, it is extremely helpful in understanding antient egyptian faith. Great notations too. I suggest a glossary or other accompanied book to better understand all the gods and their roles.
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