By James Henry Breasted
Round the flip of the final century, James Breasted took at the problem of assembling the entire to be had old records of historic Egypt and translating them into English. This prodigious venture concerned touring to the monuments extant within the Nile valley and in outlying parts of Egyptian conquest, in addition to to museums all through Europe the place Egyptian relics have been housed. Breasted made his personal copies of thousands of Egyptian files inscribed on papyrus or leather-based or carved in stone and engaged in an intensive research of the broadcast files of Egyptian heritage together with his personal transcription of the files themselves. This five-volume compendium is the end result.
Breasted's enormous paintings, initially released from 1906 to 1907, encompasses twenty-six dynasties spanning greater than 3 millennia: from ca. 3050 B.C. to 525 B.C. for every rfile, Breasted presents info at the situation, , ancient value, and content material. starting with the earliest recognized professional annals of Egypt, the Palermo Stone, Breasted catalogs the realm's reliable actions, together with royal succession, temple building, estate distribution, and international conquest. He tracks the careers of rankings of kings, queens, executive officers, army leaders, strong statesmen, and influential courtiers, reproducing their autobiographies, letters of fashion, paeans, mortuary presents, and tomb inscriptions. basically annotated for the lay reader, the files supply copious proof of alternate kinfolk, development actions, diplomatic envoys, overseas expeditions, and different facets of a full of life, hugely prepared and centrally managed society.
Breasted's remark is either carefully documented and obtainable, suffused with a contagious fascination for the occasions, the personalities, the cultural practices, and the sophistication those files point out. A herculean assemblage of basic files, lots of that have deteriorated to illegibility within the intervening century, historic documents of Egypt illuminates either the terrific complexity of Egyptian society and the virtually insuperable problems of reconstructing a misplaced civilization.
This first paperback version of old files of Egypt incorporates a new creation and up to date bibliography by means of Peter A. Piccione. environment Breasted's paintings within the context of the advance of yankee Egyptology, Piccione discusses Breasted's institution of the Oriental Institute of the collage of Chicago, with company aid via John D. Rockefeller and different benefactors, and surveys the bold physique of guides with which Breasted laid the basis for destiny Egyptian reviews.
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Additional resources for Ancient Records of Egypt: Supplementary Bibliographies and Indices
MENMARE-SETEPNEPTAH: see Ramses XII. MENPEHTIRE: see Ramses I. ): inscriptions of reign of, I 423H; chronology of, I 63, 415-18, 423H; wars of, I 423H. ): inscriptions of reign of, I 424-26; chronology of, I 63,415-18, 425; chief treasurer of, I 425-26; first great king of the Theban line, I 426; pyramid of, IV 520. -Nibhepetre (=Mentuhotep II), pyramid of, IV 520. -Nibkhrnre (=Mentuhotep II), I 426; name to be read Nibhepetre, p. 344, add. ): inscnptions of reign of, 1427-33; chronology of, 1 63, 415-18, 427; mortuary temple of, IV 520 n.
Length of reign of, 160; Sabu, official of, I 282, 283. USEKBARE-SETEPNERE-MEWON : see Setnakht. ): inscriptions of reign of, I 213-35; chronology of, I 54 bis, 55, 60, 231, 255; history on Palermo stone, I 153-58; coronationfeasts of, I 258. ): chronology of, I 61; probably identical with Ity, I 61 n. a. USERMARE-IKHNAMON : see RamsesVII. USERMARE-MERIAMON : see Ramses 111. USERMARE-MERIAMON : see Sheshonk IV. USERMARE-SETEPNAMON: see Amenemopet. USERMARE-SETEPNAMON : see Osorkon 11. USERMARE-SETEPNAMON : see Pemou.
IV 627-10: chronolow of. I 70: IV '%04-~;'restoration of ;he wall' of Luxor, IV 627-30. -Smendes (-Nesubenebded), IV 564 n. c. ): reign of, on Palermo stone, I 117. NIBHEPETRE:see Mentuhotep 11. NIBHOTEP:see Mentuhotep. NIBKHRURE:see Mentuhotep 11. NIBMARE:see Amenhotep 111. NIBMARE-MERIAMON : see Ramses V. NIBTOWERE: see Mentuhotep IV. NUBKHEPRURE-INTEF: inscription of, I 773-80; insurrection in time of, I 773-74; deposition of the count of Coptos, I 775-80; pyramid of, IV 515. NUBKURE:see Amenemhet 11.