Ancient Egyptian Science: A Source Book, Vol. 1: Knowledge by Marshall. Clagett

By Marshall. Clagett

This quantity, the 1st of 3 volumes describing the most important points of historical Egyptian technology, concentrates at the starting place and improvement of hieroglyphic writing, the scribal occupation, and quasi-learned associations in historical Egypt. Professor Clagett has paid specific recognition to the so-called Palermo Stone, the earliest annals composed in Eygpt.

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Now we find mentioned in this work not only the corpse of Osiris (second register of the fifth hour), but also those of Sokar and Khepri himself. In the fifth hour we see Sokar’s head sticking out from his pyramidal burial mound of sand, while the body of Khepri "in his own flesh" is mentioned in the second register of the fifth hour. Indeed, the solar god when traveling as the "Flesh of Re" is a corpse himself, though admittedly a very powerful one capable of bringing about his own rebirth. It is surely of interest that, upon this rebirth, Re leaves behind his mummified "Image of Flesh" leaning against the extreme boundary of the twelfth hour.

5. See Maystre-Piankoff, Le livre des portes, Vol. 1, pp. 15-17; Hornung, Das Buch von den Pforten, -487- ANCIENT EGYPTIAN SCIENCE Part 1, p. 1, Part 2, pp. 32-33; Hornung, Agyptische Unterweltsbiicher, p. 197; Piankoff, The Tomb o f Ramesses VI, p. 141. 6. Maystre-Piankoff, Le livre des portes, Vol. 1, p. 25; Hornung, Das Buch von den Pforten, Part 1, p. 13, Part 2, p. 43; Hornung, Agyptische Unterweltsbiicher, p. 201; Piankoff, The Tomb o f Ramesses VI, p. 144. 7. See the works of the preceding note: Maystre-Piankoff, pp.

35-37. See the Introduction to Doc. 5 below. 4 The Book o f A m duat (A m datl i. e. The Book o f W hat Is in the N etherw orld THE TITLE AND INTRODUCTION The Writing of the Hidden Place Cor Chamber), which [concerns] the places where the souls, the gods, the shades, and the spirits stand and what [they] do. The beginning is the Horn of the West, the Gate of the W estern Horizon, the end is [The End of] Utter Darkness, the Gate of the Western (! ) Horizon. e. the regions of the hours) and their gods, knowledge of what he (Re) says to them, knowledge of the gates and the path over which the Great God passes, knowledge of the course of the hours and their gods, knowledge of those who thrive and those who are annihilated.

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