- Series: Aris and Phillips Classical Texts
- Hardcover: 800 pages
- Publisher: Liverpool University Press (June 8, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0856687545
- ISBN-13: 978-0856687549
- Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 1.7 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,646,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ancient Egyptian Coffin Texts (Aris and Phillips Classical Texts) (v. 1-3)
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I can only highly recommend this title to everyone dealing with the difficult and sometimes tricky writings of ancient Egypt,' (Jorge R Ogdon Bibliotheca Orientalis, 2005)
About the Author
R O Faulkner was a distinguised Egyptologist and a pupil of A H Gardiner. He began his great work of translating the key religious texts of ancient Egypt with the Pyramid Texts. He went on to translate the Book of the Dead and finally the much more extensive spells of the Coffin Texts. The first edition of the Coffin Texts was published in 1978. These three works, which cover a period of around two thousand years, are the basis for understanding the religious thought of the ancient Egyptians.
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This book is a direct translation into English of all of the Middle Kingdom Coffin Texts. These are the religious writings placed in tombs to aid the dead's entry and existence in the afterlife, although a small number contain mythical stories. For a student of Egyptology, the Coffin Texts are an important source. Faulkner is conscientious, providing notes to explain corrupted, doubtful, and untranslatable text.
One thing must be kept in mind: this book is not intended for beginners. There is no commentary for the spells, and little explanation for the many names, allusions, and references, which would have made this work very much longer. If you do not have a broad knowledge of Egyptian religion and myth, most of this material will be confusing.
Other than a commentary, the only feature which would make this book more complete would be a copy of the main diagram from the Book of Two Ways.