New Studies In Egyptology -- By: Joseph P. Thompson

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 027:105 (Jan 1870)
Article: New Studies In Egyptology
Author: Joseph P. Thompson


New Studies In Egyptology

Joseph P. Thompson

It is a token of the progress of Egyptology as a science, that materials for the prosecution of this study are now selected and classified with almost the precision with which the geologist arranges his cabinet. Papyrus rolls no longer lie hidden in the archives of museums as mysterious treasures, but are grouped under titles and classes, according to the text, the period, or the subject-matter, so far as these can be deciphered or conjectured; monumental inscriptions are no longer copied at random, as curiosities of the past; but such as possess some intrinsic value, or promise some addition to our knowledge of Egyptian history and life, are transcribed with care, or even photographed, and thus laid before the learned world for a comparison of dates and references. Such materials have been greatly multiplied by the patient and judicious labors of Dr. Johannes Dümichen of Berlin, who spent the years from 1862–1865 in the study of monuments in Egypt, Nubia, and the Soudan, and again in 1866 took the lead of an archaeological and photographic expedition to Egypt, appointed and equipped by the king of Prussia. To him we owe the discovery and transcription of the important tablet of Sethos in the temple of Osiris, at Abydos, which gives an almost unbroken list of the legitimate kings of Egypt from Menes to Sethos I., the builder of the temple.1

Dümichen has already published the following works as contributions to ‘Egyptian studies. Bauurkunde der Tempelanlagen von D end era; these records of ancient architecture were found in an inner secluded corridor of the temple: they cover nineteen plates, large quarto. Geographische Inscrhiften altägyptischer Denkmäler, in two large volumes, each containing one hundred plates of hieroglyphic inscriptions, with an explanatory text. This forms a valuable supplement to Dr. H. Brugsch’s great work on the Geography of the Ancient Egyptians. Altägyptische Kalenderinscliriften, a folio of one hundred and twenty plates. Historische Inschriflen, in two volumes, folio; the first containing the triumphal record of the contest in the fourteenth century B.C. between the Egyptians and the Libyans and their allies, the inhabitants of the coasts and islands of the Mediterranean; the triumphal gate of king Rameses III. in the temple of Medeenet Habou; king Rameses III. with the captive Amaru and Libyan princes, on the door of the treasury in the temple of Medeenet Habou; the treasury of Rampsinit in the same temple; the sacrificial offering for a deceased

Egyptian queen in the temple of Der-al-bacheri: part second contains eighty plates of picture...

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