By James Henry Breasted
Round the flip of the final century, James Breasted took at the problem of assembling the entire on hand historic records of historical Egypt and translating them into English. This prodigious venture concerned touring to the monuments extant within the Nile valley and in outlying components of Egyptian conquest, in addition to to museums all through Europe the place Egyptian relics have been housed. Breasted made his personal copies of countless numbers of Egyptian documents inscribed on papyrus or leather-based or carved in stone and engaged in a radical research of the printed documents of Egyptian historical past together with his personal transcription of the files themselves. This five-volume compendium is the outcome.
Breasted's enormous paintings, initially released from 1906 to 1907, encompasses twenty-six dynasties spanning greater than 3 millennia: from ca. 3050 B.C. to 525 B.C. for every record, Breasted offers info at the place, , ancient value, and content material. starting with the earliest recognized reputable annals of Egypt, the Palermo Stone, Breasted catalogs the realm's reliable actions, together with royal succession, temple development, estate distribution, and international conquest. He tracks the careers of rankings of kings, queens, govt officers, army leaders, robust statesmen, and influential courtiers, reproducing their autobiographies, letters of fashion, paeans, mortuary presents, and tomb inscriptions. truly annotated for the lay reader, the files supply copious proof of alternate kin, building actions, diplomatic envoys, international expeditions, and different points of a energetic, hugely geared up and centrally managed society.
Breasted's observation is either conscientiously documented and available, suffused with a contagious fascination for the occasions, the personalities, the cultural practices, and the sophistication those documents point out. A herculean assemblage of fundamental files, a lot of that have deteriorated to illegibility within the intervening century, old documents of Egypt illuminates either the fabulous complexity of Egyptian society and the virtually insuperable problems of reconstructing a misplaced civilization.
This first paperback variation of old documents of Egypt includes a new creation and up to date bibliography through Peter A. Piccione. environment Breasted's paintings within the context of the improvement of yank Egyptology, Piccione discusses Breasted's institution of the Oriental Institute of the college of Chicago, with company help by means of John D. Rockefeller and different benefactors, and surveys the formidable physique of courses with which Breasted laid the root for destiny Egyptian reports.
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SIAMON-HRIHOR: see Hrihor. ): inscriptions of reign of, 111 639-5 I; chronology of, 1 67; viceroys of Kush in time of, I11 639, 643, 646; queen of, IV 400 n. c; reliefs of, I11 647, 648. -1khnere-Setepnere ( =Siptah) 111, (548, 650. -Merneptah-Siptah ( -Siptah), 111650. 31 -Rases-Siptah (=Siptah), I11 642, 643. SMENDES:see Nesubenebded. ): inscriptions of reign of, 1168-75; mentioned, I 176, 189, 731; chronology of, I 54 bis, 55, 56, 58, 86; placed in I11 Dynasty by Palermo stone, I 86; became god of the Sinai region, I 168, 722; commemorated by roads and statues in the Delta, I 168, 493; regarded as god, I 722; founder of mining, I 168; smiter of barbarians, I 169; dispatched a fleet to bring cedar from Lebanon I 89; gates of, I 148; his relief a t Wadi Maghara, I 169.
METHREM,a Hittite, I11 337. ,, 111 32B. MINEMHET,1 776, 780. 1 776. MINHOTEP, I1 800. MINHOTEP, MITSHERE,I V 523. MONTU-, son of Ramses 11, I11 362. MUSEN,chief of Me, I V 787, 792. M a , mother of Men, I 606. MWTEWA, I V 486. MUTEWYA,queen of Thutmose IV, I1 866 n. h. M U T N E Z ~wife T , of Harmhab, I1 1043; I11 22 n. f. MUTNOFRET, queen of Ramses 11, I11 255. N NAKHTI, eldest son of Khnumhotep I, I 627; ruler of Menet-Khufu, I 627. NAKHT11, eldest son of Khnumhotep 11, I 632; ruler of the Jackal nome, I 632.
INI,chief judge, I 373. INI,inscription of, I11 198. INI, steward, IV 546. INTEF, inscriptions of, I 466-68, 466 n. c. INTEF,nomarch: inscription of, I 420; biography of, 1419; ancestry of 1419 n. c; mortuary stela of, I 419-20; founder of the Theban line, I 419; son of, I 419; statue dedicated to, I 419; titles of, I 420; father of, I 419; also called "Intefo" (Intef the great), I 419 n. d. INTEF, palace-overseer, I 390. INTEF, ship-captain, I 365. INTEF, the Herald: inscription of, I1 763-71; titles of, I1 763; duties of the royal herald, I1 764, 767; character of, I1 768; tomb of, I1 763 n.