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
3. Diodorus Siculus
5. The tablet of kings at Abydus
6. The Egyptian buildings
8. Flavius Josephus
15. Valerius Flaccus
19. Ammianus Marcellinus
21. Quintus Curtius
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
Descriptions of the plates.
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