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Raymond Faulkner (1894–1982)

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The literature of ancient Egypt; an anthology of stories, instructions, and poetry (1972) — Översättare, vissa utgåvor332 exemplar, 4 recensioner
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I doubt at any point in my life I'll ever properly appreciate what the Pyramid Texts are, this books by James P. Allen or anyone else who dares to compile the Texts. I'm not versed in ancient Egyptian mythology, death rituals, or the reigns of the kings and queens of the Old Kingdom. I'll probably never will. It's just not something I'll be dedicating a large chunk of my life to. However, that won't stop me from appreciating what's accessible to me. The Ancient Egyptian Texts gives a quick introduction to the rulers and the layout of their tombs before transcribing the full death rituals--the instructions, the spells, everything. For just a few people included such as Unis and both Pepis, this book accumulated over 400 pages of text. Truly, Allen kept his descriptions brief and let the Egyptians author almost all of the book. Over 4000 year old written language, the third oldest surviving today, I can read in as raw form as the English language can take advantage of. Despite understanding so little, I appreciate so much.… (mer)
leah_markum | 2 andra recensioner | Oct 28, 2022 |
Nothing against this edition which did not leave a layman like me wanting. It is more the content that, while interesting, got quite repetitious.
skankstank64 | 2 andra recensioner | Dec 19, 2021 |
The Egyptian Book of the Dead was written around the beginning of the New Kingdom. This was around 1600 B.C., or before Christ. A crucial part of Egyptian culture was the afterlife. The Egyptians also valued their mythology and gods. The Book of the Dead was essentially a guide to help Egyptians navigate their way to the afterlife. The book contains collections of hymns and spells, or as the book calls them "Chapters". As stated before, the Egyptians were very close to their gods. Due to this, many of the hymns and spells were written in honor of these gods. They were mainly Osiris, Thoth, and Ra.

I believe that the Book of the Dead is very interesting. It's an in depth dive of the Egyptian's true beliefs. The whole concept of an afterlife is intriguing itself, and their are several different takes on it. The Egyptian's take on it is very fascinating. I find it alluring to see these hymns, and to think that their society might've been built around this concept is very thought-provoking. I also find it engaging in the fact that you can find more about the gods. It's great to see how dedicated the Egyptians were to the worship of their deities. Since it was a book about the afterlife, Osiris is a big part in the book.
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JTomasulo.ELA2 | 9 andra recensioner | Jan 13, 2020 |


Sompelling an influence has this book exercised upon me, for fully one-third
of my life, that I write these words with a profound sense of gratitude and
relief. I began working at Samuel Weiser's Bookstore in New York in 1973
During my lunch hours I loved to study the many rare and beautiful books kept
in the basement, and there I came upon the "elephant folio" (14°/4 × 21 inches)
facsimile of the Papyrus of Ani. Published by the British Museum in r
magnificent volume overwhelmed me with the intensity and beauty of its
mysterious imagery. My interest in occult philosophy naturally led me to study
the text of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. I first used the virtually unreadable 189s
translation by Budge in the ubiquitous Dover reprint. The original edition
ased as a companion to the facsimile. One was expected to view the
images in the facsimile while reading the separate translation.

In January of 1979, I purchased the facsimile from Donald Weiser. Soon after,
I found myself literally "watching" a vision of the book you are now holding in
your hands taking shape that is, the exquisite papyrus in full color running
along the top of the page, with a readable, uncluttered English translation belo
When in 198s the color edition of Faulkner's translation of the Theban Recension
was published by Macmillan, I initially thought my idca might have been
accomplished. But examination of the book quickly revealed that it did
rrespond to the majestic volume I had envisioned.

Now that vision has been rcalized the rendition of an antient Egyptian
papyrus that comes the closest in 3500 years to approximating the feeling of the
original, where the words and images are again treated as a unity

Three key issues regarding the creation of this book need to be discussed
My original idea, developed in detail over several years, was
to follow the Ani Papyrus word for word. I planned to use Budge's translation,
with his excellent key to the hieroglyphics as my guide, to present the text and
images together on the same page. The Map Key to the Papyrus, which appears
here on pages 94-97, was developed from that rescarch. Dr. Goelet, however
made clear, first, that Budge's translation falls far short of modern standards, and
second, that the hieroglyphic text of the Ani Papyrus itself is of uneven quality
often much inferior to the excellence of its vignettes. He proposed that we use
Faulkner's translation of the "idcal text" of cach chapter below the images of the
Ani Papyrus, supplemented by his own translations where necessary. Our text
would then represent the best translation from the best Egyptological sources for
The first is the text.the specific chapter of the Book of the Dead illustrated in
thc Ani Papyrus

Thus this volume combines the finest modern scholarship with the most
beautifully illuminated surviving ancient papyrus

The second concern is my "recutting," or clectronic reorganization of the
papyrus. The medium of a scroll is vastly different from that of a book, and I hav
sought to restore the integrity of the images at all costs. Budge unfortunately cut
the original papyrus using the basic "yardstick" method -dividing it into thirty
seven sheets of relatively even length. The result was to disfigure the flow of thc
original scroll. On the other hand, the facsimile volume he published looks more
like a book, with images of uniform width across pages of uniform width. In this
edition, you will find some few images occupying just over a third of
the page in width, while others have necessitated the trouble and expense of
gatefold sprcads (originally suggested by my colleague Bill Corsa) to properly
commodate the ornately bordered art. (The original papyrus measured 78 feet...
… (mer)
FundacionRosacruz | 9 andra recensioner | Jan 7, 2019 |


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