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The Early History of Egypt
From the Old Testament, Herodotus, Manetho, and the Hieroglyphical Inscriptions


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Egyptology

  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108083010

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  • This 1836 work by Samuel Sharpe (1799–1881) is the first of two volumes on the history of ancient Egypt; the second, dealing with the Ptolemaic period, is also reissued in this series. From a banking family, Sharpe was fascinated by Thomas Young's and Champollion's work in deciphering the hieroglyphs. He taught himself Coptic, and compiled his own hieroglyphic vocabulary lists. His facility for decipherment was assisted by a natural gift for solving cryptograms, but his inferences sometimes led him into error. His objective in this book is 'to collect out of the writings of the ancients every particular relating to the History of Egypt', marshalling ancient authorities including the Old Testament, Herodotus, Diodorus Siculus and the Ptolemaic priest Manetho, whose division of the rulers into dynasties is still relied on. The second part of the book uses this evidence to discuss Egyptian life, language, beliefs and customs.

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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108083010
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.2kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 2 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Old Testament
    2. Herodotus
    3. Diodorus Siculus
    4. Manetho
    5. The tablet of kings at Abydus
    6. The Egyptian buildings
    7. Eratosthenes
    8. Flavius Josephus
    9. Aristotle
    10. Dicaearchus
    11. Strabo
    12. Tacitus
    13. Pausanias
    14. Pliny
    15. Valerius Flaccus
    16. Homer
    17. Hesiod
    18. Plutarch
    19. Ammianus Marcellinus
    20. Xenophon
    21. Quintus Curtius
    22. Porphyry
    23. On the Egyptian year
    24. On the physical character of the Egyptians
    25. On the mythology of the Egyptians
    26. On the Coptic language
    27. On the Ethiopic language
    28. On the hieroglyphics and hieratic writing
    29. On the enchorial language
    30. On the date of the Trojan war
    31. On the date of the Jewish exodus
    Chronological table
    Descriptions of the plates.

  • Author

    Samuel Sharpe

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