The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day
For millennia, the culture and philosophy of the ancient Egyptians have fascinated artists, historians, and spiritual seekers throughout the world. Now, this reissue of a Chronicle Books classic brings to light once more the legendary 3,500-year-old Papyrus of Ani--the most beautiful of the Egyptian funerary scrolls ever discovered. Restored to its original sequences, the elaborately bordered papyrus conveys its intended sense of motion and meaning in a way no other book on the subject can match. From mysticism and philosophy to anthropology and astronomy, this sumptuous volume will appeal to casual readers, serious scholars, and the generally inquisitive mind.
From Library Journal
The Book of the Dead is a collection of writings that were placed in tombs as a means of guiding the ancient Egyptian soul on its journey to the afterlife. The Papyrus of Ani, which is reproduced here, is one of the most important and beautiful of the surviving papyri. Damage in the 19th century seriously confused its sequencing and the relationship between text and illustrations. Here for the first time the scroll is presented in its proper sequence and in its entirety. The English text is placed immediately underneath the corresponding hieroglyphs, and the reproductions are faithful to the originals in all their glowing color. A critical purchase for any serious collection of materials on ancient Egypt.
Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Book News, Inc.
This volume integrates text translation and full color photographs of the Papyrus of Ani (commonly referred to as the Egyptian Book of the Dead), an almost 3,500 year old scroll of ancient Egyptian spiritual and philosophic teachings. Since its discovery in 1888, the papyrus fragments have been studied intently by a limited number of researchers, whose finding have remained, for the most part, private. This volume marks a significant shift, allowing public consideration of a most ancient text. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
For thousands of years, the philosophy of the ancient Egyptians has fascinated spiritual seekers throughout the world. Now, with this deluxe edition, the legendary 3,500-year-old Papyrus of Ani--the most beautiful of the ornately illustrated Egyptian funerary scrolls--has been restored to its original sequences of text and artwork.
About the Author
Renowned British Egyptologist Dr. Raymond Faulkner (1894-1982) was a major contributor to the field of Egyptian philology.