The Book of the Dead

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Fascinating compendium of ancient Egyptian mythology, religious beliefs and practices. Includes spells, incantations, hymns, magical formulas, and prayers. All explained by one of the most knowledgeable and respected Egyptologists of the early 20th century. B&W illustrations, photographs and hieroglyphics throughout.
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Overview

Fascinating compendium of ancient Egyptian mythology, religious beliefs and practices. Includes spells, incantations, hymns, magical formulas, and prayers. All explained by one of the most knowledgeable and respected Egyptologists of the early 20th century. B&W illustrations, photographs and hieroglyphics throughout.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140190090
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/5/1989
  • Pages: 952
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 1.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge (27 July 1857 - 23 November 1934) was an English Egyptologist, Orientalist, and philologist who worked for the British Museum and published numerous works on the ancient Near East. He made numerous trips to Egypt and the Sudan on behalf of the British Museum to buy antiquities, and helped it build its collection of cuneiform tablets, manuscripts, and papyri. He published many books on Egyptology, helping to bring the findings to larger audiences. In 1920 he was knighted for his service to Egyptology and the British Museum.
E.A. Wallis Budge was born in 1857 in Bodmin, Cornwall, to Mary Ann Budge, a young woman whose father was a waiter in a Bodmin hotel. Budge's father has never been identified. Budge left Cornwall as a boy, and eventually came to live with his maternal aunt and grandmother in London.

Budge became interested in languages before he was ten years old, but left school at the age of twelve in 1869 to work as a clerk at the retail firm of W.H. Smith, which sold books, stationery and related products. (It continues to do so.) In his spare time, he studied Hebrew and Syriac with the aid of a volunteer tutor named Charles Seeger. Budge became interested in learning the ancient Assyrian language in 1872, when he also began to spend time in the British Museum. Budge's tutor introduced him to the Keeper of Oriental Antiquities, the pioneer Egyptologist Samuel Birch, and Birch's assistant, the Assyriologist George Smith. Smith helped Budge occasionally with his Assyrian. Birch allowed the youth to study cuneiform tablets in his office and obtained books for him from the British Library of Middle Eastern travel and adventure, such as Sir Austen Henry Layard's Nineveh and Its Remains.

From 1869 to 1878, Budge spent his free time studying Assyrian, and during these years, often spent his lunch break studying at St. Paul's Cathedral. John Stainer, the organist of St. Paul's, noticed Budge's hard work, and met the youth. He wanted to help the working-class boy realize his dream of becoming a scholar. Stainer contacted W.H. Smith, a Conservative Member of Parliament, and the former Liberal Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, and asked them to help his young friend. Both Smith and Gladstone agreed to help Stainer to raise money for Budge to attend Cambridge University.

Budge studied at Cambridge from 1878 to 1883. His subjects included Semitic languages: Hebrew, Syriac, Ethiopic and Arabic;

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  • Posted July 4, 2010

    Historical/ Religeous Value

    The basis of the Christian/Judeo religeons can't be denied in Egypt's past beliefs.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    doom and death

    this book is the one u want if ur looking for spells and charmes in impress or frighten ur friend and enemy....hahahaha >(

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Great!!

    I love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Lend me please

    I need some new spells to try out please lend this to me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    The Mobile Reference Book of the Dead is not the actual translat

    The Mobile Reference Book of the Dead is not the actual translation, but rather an introduction to the Book of the Dead.  The overview indicates otherwise.  Buyer beware, if you want the actual translation, you will be disappointed by this Nook book.

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