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The Treasury of Ancient Egypt

The Treasury of Ancient Egypt

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 [Photo by N. Macnaghten.
 
 A statue of the hawk-god Horus in front of the temple of Edfu.The author stands beside it.
F
RONTISPIECE
.
 
 
 
The Treasury of Ancient Egypt
Miscellaneous Chapters on AncientEgyptian History and Archæology
BY 
 ARTHUR E. P. B. WEIGALL
INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF UPPER EGYPT, DEPARTMENT OF ANTIQUITIES
 AUTHOR OF 'TRAVELS IN THE UPPER EGYPTIAN DESERTS,' 'THE LIFE ANDTIMES OF AKHNATON, PHARAOH OF EGYPT,' 'A GUIDE TO THE ANTIQUITIES OF UPPER EGYPT,' ETC., ETC.
 
RAND McNALLY & COMPANY CHICAGO AND NEW YORK1912
TO
 
 ALAN H. GARDINER, ESQ.,
 
 M.A., D.LITT.
 
 LAYCOCK STUDENT OF EGYPTOLOGY AT WORCESTER COLLEGE, OXFORD,
 
THIS BOOK,
 
WHICH WILL RECALL SOME SUMMER NIGHTS UPON THE THEBAN HILLS,
 
 IS DEDICATED.
 
 
PREFACE.
No person who has travelled in Egypt will require to be told that it is a country in which a considerable amount of waiting and waste of time has to be endured. Onemakes an excursion by train to see some ruins, and, upon returning to the station,the train is found to be late, and an hour or more has to be dawdled away. Crossingthe Nile in a rowing-boat the sailors contrive in one way or another to prolong the journey to a length of half an hour or more. The excursion steamer will run upon asandbank, and will there remain fast for a part of the day.The resident official, travelling from place to place, spends a great deal of time seatedin railway stations or on the banks of the Nile, waiting for his train or his boat toarrive; and he has, therefore, a great deal of time for thinking. I often try to fill inthese dreary periods by jotting down a few notes on some matter which has recently been discussed, or registering and elaborating arguments which have chanced lately to come into the thoughts. These notes are shaped and "written up" when next thereis a spare hour, and a few books to refer to; and ultimately they take the form of articles or papers, some of which find their way into print.This volume contains twelve chapters, written at various times and in various places,each dealing with some subject drawn from the great treasury of Ancient Egypt. Someof the chapters have appeared as articles in magazines. Chapters iv., v., and viii. were published in 'Blackwood's Magazine'; chapter vii. in 'Putnam's Magazine' and the'Pall Mall Magazine'; and chapter ix. in the 'Century Magazine.' I have to thank theeditors for allowing me to reprint them here. The remaining seven chapters havebeen written specially for this volume.L
UXOR 
,
 
U
PPER 
E
GYPT
,
 November 
1910.
 

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