Adams, Walter M.
The house of the hidden places: a clue to the creed of early Egypt from Egyptian sources — London, 1895

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180 The Mystery of the Depths. [Ch.

the Ritual come echoing back to us : " Millions
and billions are my measurements. ' I who
know the Depths' is my name."


Since, supposing the views put forward in the fore-
going chapters to be correct, the Egyptian measures of
time and space are certainly the oldest on record, it may
not be amiss if, before passing to the inner mysteries, we
compare with them two other famous systems of antiquity,
and observe how certain anomalies which have hitherto
been incapable of explanation, become simple and intelli-
gible when regarded as misconceptions of the Egyptian
reckoning. Take, for example, that of Chalda3a. That
. the Babylonian astronomers measured their time by
periods of 60, of 600, and of 3600 years (the soss, the
ner, and the sar) is well known, and that they also divided
the circle into degrees, and again into sixty and sixty
times sixty measures. But upon what principle they
chose the sexagesimal measure, and whether they regarded
the two sets of multiples as possessing any connection
with each other, is not so clear. According to Lenor-
mant, they calculated their periods " on the great
astronomical cycle of 43,200 solar years, representing,
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