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Egyptian Ideas of the Future Life   By: (1857-1934)

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BOOKS ON EGYPT AND CHALDEA BY E. A. WALLIS BUDGE, M. A., LITT D., D. LIT. Keeper of the Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities in the British Museum AND L. W. KING, M. A. Assistant in the Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities in the British Museum

Crown 8vo, 3S, 6d, net each

Vol I EGYPTIAN RELIGION. Egyptian Ideas of the Future Life By E. A. WALLIS BUDGE

Vol II EGYPTIAN MAGIC. By E. A. WALLIS BUDGE

Vol. III EGYPTIAN LANGUAGE. Easy Lessons in Egyptian Hieroglyphics By E. A. WALLIS BUDGE

Vol IV BABYLONIAN RELIGION. Babylonian Religion and Mythology. By L. W. King

Vol V ASSYRIAN LANGUAGE. Easy Lessons in the Cuneiform Texts By L. W. KING, M. A.

Vols VI, VII, VIII THE BOOK OF THE DEAD. an English Translation of the Chapters, Hymns, &c., of the Theban Recension With Introduction, Notes, and numerous Illustrations By E. A. WALLIS BUDGE, Litt. D.

Vols IX XVI A HISTORY OF EGYPT. from the end of the Neolithic Period to the Death of Cleopatra VII, B.C. 30 By E. A. WALLIS BUDGE, Litt. D. 8 vols. Illustrated.

VOL. I.

EGYPTIAN IDEAS OF THE FUTURE LIFE

PUBLISHERS' NOTE.

In the year 1894, Dr. Wallis Budge prepared for Messrs. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. an elementary work on the Egyptian language, entitled "First Steps in Egyptian," and two years later the companion volume, "An Egyptian Reading Book," with transliterations of all the texts printed in it, and a full vocabulary. The success of these works proved that they had helped to satisfy a want long felt by students of the Egyptian language, and as a similar want existed among students of the languages written in the cuneiform character, Mr. L.W. King, of the British Museum, prepared, on the same lines as the two books mentioned above, an elementary work on the Assyrian and Babylonian languages ("First Steps in Assyrian"), which appeared in 1898. These works, however, dealt mainly with the philological branch of Egyptology and Assyriology, and it was impossible in the space allowed to explain much that needed explanation in the other branches of those subjects that is to say, matters relating to the archaeology, history, religion, etc., of the Egyptians, Assyrians, and Babylonians. In answer to the numerous requests which have been made, a series of short, popular handbooks on the most important branches of Egyptology and Assyriology have been prepared, and it is hoped that these will serve as introductions to the larger works on these subjects. The present is the first volume of the series, and the succeeding volumes will be published at short intervals, and at moderate prices.

EGYPTIAN IDEAS OF THE FUTURE LIFE BY E.A. WALLIS BUDGE, M. A., LITT. D., D. LIT. KEEPER Of THE EGYPTIAN AND ASSYRIAN ANTIQUITIES OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM

WITH EIGHT ILLUSTRATIONS

THIRD EDITION

1908

To SIR JOHN EVANS, K. C. B., D. C. L., F. R. S., ETC., ETC., ETC. IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF MUCH FRIENDLY HELP AND ENCOURAGEMENT

PREFACE.

The following pages are intended to place before the reader in a handy form an account of the principal ideas and beliefs held by the ancient Egyptians concerning the resurrection and the future life, which is derived wholly from native religious works. The literature of Egypt which deals with these subjects is large and, as was to be expected, the product of different periods which, taken together, cover several thousands of years; and it is exceedingly difficult at times to reconcile the statements and beliefs of a writer of one period with those of a writer of another. Up to the present no systematic account of the doctrine of the resurrection and of the future life has been discovered, and there is no reason for hoping that such a thing will ever be found, for the Egyptians do not appear to have thought that it was necessary to write a work of the kind... Continue reading book >>




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