Books Should Be Free is now
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

Scarabs The History, Manufacture and Symbolism of the Scarabæus in Ancient Egypt, Phoenicia, Sardinia, Etruria, etc.   By: (1836-1902)

Book cover

First Page:

Transcriber's Note: The author of this ebook makes unusual use of commas and asterisks. The character a with a straight line (macron) above is represented as [=a]. Greek has been transliterated and marked with marks.

SCARABS.

THE HISTORY, MANUFACTURE AND RELIGIOUS SYMBOLISM

OF THE

SCARABÆUS,

IN

ANCIENT EGYPT, PHOENICIA, SARDINIA, ETRURIA, ETC.

ALSO

REMARKS ON THE LEARNING, PHILOSOPHY, ARTS, ETHICS, PSYCHOLOGY, IDEAS AS TO THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL, ETC., OF THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS, PHOENICIANS, ETC.

BY

ISAAC MYER, LL.B.

Member of the American Oriental Society. The American Numismatic and Archæological Society. The Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Philadelphia. La Société Royale de Numismatique de Belgique. The Oriental Club of Philadelphia. The New York Historical Society Historical Society of the State of Pennsylvania, etc.

AUTHOR OF THE QABBALAH. THE PHILOSOPHICAL WRITINGS OF SOLOMON B. YEHUDAH IBN. GEBIROL, OR AVICEBRON; THE WATERLOO MEDAL, ETC.

FOR SALE BY

EDWIN W. DAYTON, NO. 641 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK.

OTTO HARRASSOWITZ, Querstrasse No. 14, LEIPZIG.

ÉMILE BOUILLON, No. 67, Rue de Richelieu, PARIS.

1894.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1894, by ISAAC MYER, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

ALL RIGHTS OF TRANSLATION RESERVED.

INTRODUCTION.

The following work is taken in part, from an address delivered by me before, The American Numismatic and Archæological Society, at its Hall in the City of New York, on March 30th, 1893. Since that time I have been led into a train of thought, having as its basis a more philosophical treatment of the meaning of the scarabæus as a symbol, in the religious metaphysic conception of it by the Ancient Egyptians, and have added much new matter. I am convinced that at the period when we first meet with the symbol of the scarabæus in Egypt, it was already the symbol and tangible expression of an elevated religious idea, embracing that of a future life of the human soul, a resurrection of it from the dead, and most likely, of a reward or punishment to it in the future life, based on its conduct when in the terrestrial life.

We know from the inscription on the lid of the coffin of Men kau Ra, king of the IVth, the Memphite Dynasty, ( circa 3633 3600 B.C.,) and builder of the Third Pyramid at Gizeh; that some of the most elevated conceptions of the Per em hru , i.e., the so called, Book of the Dead, were at that time in existence as accepted facts. The dead one at this early period became an Osiris, living eternally. We have every reason to think, that the use of the models of the scarabæus as the symbol of the resurrection or new birth, and the future eternal life of the triumphant or justified dead, existed as an accepted dogma, before the earliest historical knowledge we have thus far been able to acquire of the Ancient Egyptians.

It most probably ante dated the epoch of Mena, the first historical Egyptian king. How long before his period it existed, in the present condition of our knowledge of the ancient history and thought of Egypt, it is impossible to surmise. Of the aborigines of the land of Egypt we do not know nor are we very likely to know, anything... Continue reading book >>




eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book



Popular Genres
More Genres
Languages
Paid Books