The Egyptian Book of the Dead

The Egyptian Book of the Dead

by E. A. Wallis Budge

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486218663
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 06/01/1967
Series: Egypt Series
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 49,717
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

About the Author

Many examples of Egyptian funerary scrolls exist. The version used in this edition is that of the famous and well-preserved Papyrus of Ani, written around 1500 B.C. Ani was the Royal Scribe of Thebes, Overseer of the Granaries of the Lords of Abydos, and Scribe of the Offerings of the Lords of Thebes. As such, he was honored with a fine example of a funerary papyrus.

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The Egyptian Book of the Dead (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an outstanding translation and presentation of the books that make up the Papyrus of Ani. In addition to the beautiful pictures and fine translations, the commentaries in the back, along with the explanations of the vignettes contained in the papyrus are well worth the money. A must for anyone interested in Ancient Egypt and its culture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a very great book for all people interested in Ancient Egypt. It shows all the spells one needed for the afterlife. With the heiroglyphic, egyptian, and english texts is really amazing. In the back, it has the translation in page form, for those who don't want to read the middle of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Ancient cultures.
Josh Skold More than 1 year ago
This book is really cool and recomended to people who are in love with Ancient Egypt!
IndigoMM More than 1 year ago
Yes, this is the text of E. Wallis Budge's edition of the Papyrus of Ani with the hieroglyphic plates. The disappointment is the failure of the editors to include hyperlinks so that it's possible to move from one to another of the plates without moving through all of them. An impentrable system makes the book difficult to use for reference. It's all there, all a researcher has to do is thumb through page upon page upon page upon page . . .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great especaily for hyroglyphics and things like that!
sumer1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very difficult to grasp at first as it isn't necessarily linear. Don't expect great secrets of life out of it like the Bible or Stargate or something. Still a phenomenal read and insightful into an amazing culture.
prplct on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love it! It makes me want to study the ancient language.
millsge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was intended for Egyptologists. It is not for people who are simply interested in Egypt and Egyptian Myth and Religion. He has also fallen out of favor with modern Egyptologists because his translations are not sufficiently specific to the time period of these books.
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This book makes me think about something rick riordan would write i can tell he has studied his fair share of egypt
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