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Title: The Treasury of Ancient Egypt

Miscellaneous Chapters on Ancient Egyptian History and Archaeology

Author: Arthur E. P. B. Weigall

Release Date: July 1, 2005 [EBook #16160]

Language: English

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FRONTISPIECE.

The Treasury of

Ancient Egypt

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Miscellaneous Chapters on Ancient

Egyptian History and Archæology

BY

ARTHUR E. P. B. WEIGALL

INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF UPPER EGYPT, DEPARTMENT OF ANTIQUITIES

AUTHOR OF 'TRAVELS IN THE UPPER EGYPTIAN DESERTS,' 'THE LIFE AND

TIMES OF AKHNATON, PHARAOH OF EGYPT,' 'A GUIDE TO THE

ANTIQUITIES OF UPPER EGYPT,' ETC., ETC.

RAND McNALLY & COMPANY

CHICAGO AND NEW YORK

1912

TO

ALAN H. GARDINER, ESQ.,

M.A., D.LITT.

LAYCOCK STUDENT OF EGYPTOLOGY AT WORCESTER

COLLEGE, OXFORD,

THIS BOOK,

WHICH WILL RECALL SOME SUMMER NIGHTS UPON

THE THEBAN HILLS,

IS DEDICATED.

PREFACE.

No person who has traveled in Egypt wil require to be told that it is a country in which a

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considerable amount of waiting and waste of time has to be endured. One makes an excursion

by train to see some ruins, and, upon returning to the station, the train is found to be late, and

an hour or more has to be dawdled away. Crossing the Nile in a rowing-boat the sailors

contrive in one way or another to prolong the journey to a length of half an hour or more. The

excursion steamer wil run upon a sandbank, and wil there remain fast for a part of the day.

The resident official, traveling from place to place, spends a great deal of time seated in

railway stations or on the banks of the Nile, waiting for his train or his boat to arrive; and he

has, therefore, a great deal of time for thinking. I often try to fil in these dreary periods by

jotting down a few notes on some matter which has recently been discussed, or registering

and elaborating arguments which have chanced lately to come into the thoughts. These notes

are shaped and "written up" when next there is a spare hour, and a few books to refer to; and

ultimately they take the form of articles or papers, some of which find their way into print.

This volume contains twelve chapters, written at various times and in various places, each

dealing with some subject drawn from the great treasury of Ancient Egypt. Some of the

chapters have appeared as articles in magazines. Chapters iv., v., and vii. were published in

'Blackwood's Magazine'; chapter vi. in 'Putnam's Magazine' and the 'Pal Mal Magazine'; and

chapter ix. in the 'Century Magazine.' I have to thank the editors for alowing me to reprint

them here. The remaining seven chapters have been written specialy for this volume.

LUXOR, UPPER EGYPT,

November 1910.

CONTENTS.