The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

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9780029014707: The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

Keynote An authoritative and clear translation of the spells and prayers depicted on the Papyrus of Ani, illustrated with photographs of the original vignettes, now preserved in the British Museum Sales points Written by a leading authority on Egyptian funerary texts The most reliable translation of the Papyrus of Ani, one of the greatest treasures of the British Museum Illustrated with more than 140 colour and black and white photographs Description The Book of the Dead is the name now given to sheets of papyrus covered with religious and magical texts and accompanying illustrations, which the ancient Egyptians placed in the tombs of their dead in order to guide them safely through the dangers of the Underworld and to achieve a blissful afterlife. This authoritative book contains the translated text of the Papyrus of Ani, one of the greatest treasures of the British Museum. The spells are numbered and shown alongside photographs of the illustrative vignettes and complimented by a concise introduction and extensive glossary. Dr Faulkners work is widely acknowledged as containing the most reliable translation of this fascinating collection of spells, prayers and incantations making this an essential purchase for anybody interested in Ancient Egypt. The Author The late Dr R.O Faulkner, for many years the assistant of the great Egyptologist Sir Alan Gardiner, was an expert in ancient Egyptian military and nautical matters and taught Egyptian language at University College London.

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"The Book of the Dead" is the name now given to a collection of religious and magical texts known to the ancient Egyptians as "The Chapters of the Coming-forth by day". Their principle aim was to secure for the deceased a satisfactory afterlife and to give them the power to leave the tomb when necessary. Copies of the book written on papyrus scrolls were placed in the tombs of important Egyptians, each roll containing a selection of chapters. Many examples have survived from antiquity, dating mostly from c.1500 BC to 250 BC. In this volume the text, translated by the late Dr R.O. Faulkner, is that found in the papyrus prepared for the scribe Ani. The vignettes are taken from the finely illustrated copies which are preserved in the collection of the British Museum.


Through this edition of the most popular and long-lasting funerary documents of Egypt emerges much of the character of her people. Through it also the student at home and likewise the tourist visiting the Theban tombs should be greatly enlightened, even if much of the religion of Egypt remains tantalizingly obscure.

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Raymond Oliver Faulkner; Carol Fndrews
Published by Macmillan (1985)
ISBN 10: 0029014700 ISBN 13: 9780029014707
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1

Book Description Macmillan, 1985. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0029014700

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