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Product details

  • Paperback: 533 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (1 April 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048621866X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486218663
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16.5 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Egyptian Book of the Dead is unquestionably one of the most influential books in all history. Embodying a ritual to be performed for the dead, with detailed instructions for the behaviors of the disembodied spirit in the Land of the Gods, it served as the most important repository of religious authority for some three thousand years. Chapters were carved on the pyramids of the ancient 5th Dynasty, texts were written in papyrus, and selections were painted on mummy cases well into the Christian Era. In a certain sense it stood behind all Egyptian civilization.In the year 1888, Dr. E. Wallis Budge, then purchasing agent for the British Museum, followed rumors he heard of a spectacular archeological find in Upper Egypt, and found in an 18th Dynasty tomb near Luxor "the largest roll of papyrus I had ever seen, tied with a thick band of papyrus, and in a perfect state of preservation." It was a copy of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, written around 1500 B.C. for Ani, Royal Scribe of Thebes, Overseer of the Granaries of the Lords of Abydos, and Scribe of the Offerings of the Lord of Thebes.This Papyrus of Ani, a full version of the Theban recension, is presented here by Dr. Budge, who later became perhaps the world's most renowned Egyptologist. Reproduced in full are a clear copy of the Egyptian hieroglyphs, an interlinear transliteration of their sounds (as reconstructed), a word-for-word translation, and separately a complete smooth translation. All this is preceded by an introduction of more than 150 pages. As a result of this multiple apparatus the reader has a unique opportunity to savor all aspects of the Book of the Dead, or as it is otherwise known, The Book of the Great Awakening.

About the Author

E. A. Wallis Budge, the author of numerous books, was once the Keeper of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiques in the British Museum. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Paperback
Mr. Budge's book is a wonderfull translation, and transliteration of this famous Ancient Egyptian document. With the heiroglyphics included in the transliteration, one is also able to study heiroglyphic translation as one reads the various chapters. Because the heiroglyphics are placed in the book as uniform graphics, the continuity of the pictures, helps the reader more efficiently follow the transliteration, thereby helping the reader deduce what symbols mean what, and thereby adding another facet to this wonderfull volume. The only drawback to this book, is the lack of photographs of the actual papyri. This problem is significant in some respects, but overall this volume is able to clearly define all of those items that the ancients felt were vital to get one (a deceased one) into the afterlife.
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Even at 77p this is overpriced. I have a hard copy of this book and it is an excellent book. Unfortunately the Kindle edition does not support the images, so there are great gaps in the text, which make it almost impossible to read!
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I have a great interest in Ancient Egypt, and have read a great deal about it. I thought that this book would interest me, but in fact, it's very dusty, dry and for the real academic. It must be remembered also that it was originally published in 1895, which makes the style seem extremely pedantic and old fashioned. Perhaps once I have done more deep research into the topic, I will come back to this book, but for now, it will gather dust on my book-shelf.
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By RR Waller TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2011
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Sir E Wallis Budge was a controversial member of the British Museum staff who purchased a book of the dead, "The Papyrus of Ani" in 1881. It was unique, the first book of the dead to be discovered intact, in this case, seventy-eight feet in length; surprisingly, to the astonishment of colleagues, he later cut into thirty-eight equal-sized sections to facilitate his study of the hieroglyphics.
In a distinguished career as an Egyptologist, he wrote many books, developed the world's knowledge of the ancient country and expanded the British Museum's Egyptian collection enormously.
This well-illustrated text, (although few are in colour) contains full reproductions of books of the dead, including the Papyrus of Ani, and complete translations of their content.
It is a very good - but scholarly and without frills - introduction to ancient Egyptian religion, funeral rites and attitudes to death and life after death. Interestingly, the more familiar one becomes with Egyptian religious rituals and ideas, the more familiar they seem; the roots of modern religious beliefs and practices seem to lie just beneath the desert sands.
Recommended, especially at this price.
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Sorry friends but this is a real disappointment. This is the first time I have ever had to send a book back in my 44 year life. This book? is 6 pages in small black and white print. There are no colour photographs or drawings so forget looking at the scroll of Ani in any beautiful way. My opinion is don't go near it because you will not be getting what you expect.
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This is a classic covering much of the material not usually found in this genre. Although it is in some ways dated, the inclusion and transliteration of many names and deities makes this an excellent reference and learning tool. I would highly recommend this publication to anyone interested in the subject.
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I havd a copy many years ago but my copy is very used. This copy is simply to replace my previous copy and i am happy as it has maintained its original translation.
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The books ok .but the print is so tiny as is the graphic illustrations it makes for hard reading.
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