Egypt Exploration Fund [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1893-1894

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Hieroglyphic Studies, &c.


Mr. Renouf has continued his translation of the Book of the Dead as
far as chap. xci. in the Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology.
M. Jequier, a young Swiss scholar who has joined the French Mission
Archeologique, has produced an excellent edition of the abridged version
of the Book of that which is in Hades,*5 a magical text connected with
the passage of the Sun through the hours of the night. It is found on
tomb-walls, sarcophagi, and papyri, but no copy is known earlier than the
XlXth Dynasty. M. Jequier has collated a good number of examples
which he can group into " families," but straugely enough he finds all
of them marked by one persistent error, which must have descended from
a common ancestor in spite of the ease with which it might have been

Mr. Renouf's article on the myth of Osiris Unnefer appears belated in
the last part of the Transactions of the Society of Biblical Archaeology.
The paper was read in 1886, and his valuable essay on Some Religious
Texts of the Early Egyptian Period is dated ten years ago, in 1884. The
publication of the latter is very welcome.

Prof. Maspero has collected a large number of his widely scattered
articles on mythology, forming thereby two volumes that will have to be
frequently referred to by everyone interested in the subject.10

Mr. Renouf shows that the name of the goddess of writing, hitherto
known as Sefekht, is to be read Seshtor Seshyt. The Egyptian Antaeus,
after whom the city of Antaeopolis was named, is a very problematical
divinity. Prof. Golenischeff in 1882 identified two representations of
Antaeus on the cliffs behind his own temple. He now adds a third from
the Gizeh Museum.17 Unfortunately they arc all of late Roman epoch,
and none of them give the Egyptian name. Some representations of a
foreign form of the god Set introduced into Egypt by Rameses II. have
beeu published and commented on.18

Lefebure's Etude sar Abydos,19 is an essay on a local mythology of
great importance.

Science, &c.

The llhind Mathematical Papyrus of the British Museum, first published
by Eisenlohr, has been further commented on by the present writer.20

Mr. Norman Lockyer's book21 dealing with the orientation of Egyptian
temples breaks new ground. The author believes that the temples of
certain divinities were oriented to the stars sacred to those divinities,
instead of to the sun. On this theory the ingenious astronomer attributes

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