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Egyptian Book of the Dead

Egyptian Book of the Dead

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Published by: Crystalis DeCavalier on Jun 13, 2010
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Sacred TextsEgypt
THE BOOK OF THE DEAD
The Papyrus of Ani
by
E. A. WALLIS BUDGE
[1895]
IntroductionTranslationBecause of the substantial amount of hieroglypics interspersed in the original text, I have omitted the ###'glyph' placeholder where context permits, for readability. Only actual illustations have been inserted intothe file. Due to space considerations the interlinear translation, which is primarily of interest to studentsof Ancient Egyptian, will not be posted. This should not be a hardship, since the Dover reprint edition isstill in print and widely available.The file above, which appears at on the Internet at Sacred-Texts for the
first
time is a faithful e-text of the 1895 edition of the E.A. Wallace Budge translation of the Egyptian Book of the Dead.In November of 2000 I inventoried my library and found that I was missing Budge's Book of the Dead.So when a copy of the Dover reprint came up at the local used bookstore, I purchased it. To my dismay,the version of the text widely posted on the Internet did not seem to match the Dover reprint of the 1895version.According to John Mark Ockerbloom, the proprietor of the excellentOnline Books Page, the versioncirculating on the Internet is a highly edited version of Budge from a much later date (1913). He writes:"I did a little legwork, and it appears that the "mystery text" is in fact from the Medici Society edition of 1913. According to a 1960 reprint by University Books, for this edition "The translation was rewritten...[and the] greater part of the Introduction was also rewritten by Sir Wallis, who concluded a preface to itwith the pleased words, 'and the entire work thus becomes truly a "New Edition"'". It's unclear whetherBudge himself did the rewrite of the translation, but it's clear that he at least claims responsibility for it,.and it does appear to draw fairly heavily on his earlier translation."Thanks to Mr. Ockerbloom for clearing up this mystery.In any case, the version now at sacred-texts is a completely new e-text, which I believe to be a muchbetter version of this text.Title PagePreface
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The Prose Edda Indexhttp://www.sacred-texts.com/egy/ebod/index.htm (3 of 3) [8/10/2001 11:21:28 AM]

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