Ancient Records of Egypt: The eighteenth dynasty

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James Henry Breasted
University of Illinois Press, 2001 - History - 456 pages
This volume extends Breasted's remarkable documentary history through the reign of King Tutankhamun. By providing the first definitive transcription and the first English version of hundreds of historical records inscribed on papyrus or leather or carved in stone, Breasted gave unprecedented access to details of royal succession, military conquest, religious upheaval, administrative complexity, and other aspects of ancient Egyptian civilization. Originally published in the first decade of the twentieth century, his monumental work appears here in paperback for the first time.

The Eighteenth Dynasty saw the consolidation of the cult of Amun and the expansion of the temple of Amun-Re at Karnak, as well as a religious revolution under King Akhenaten that involved abandoning Thebes as a religious capital and royal residence and founding a new city devoted to the service of the new solar god, Aten. Breasted presents records of the biography and coronation of Queen Hatshepsut, including reliefs that depict the queen's expedition to the land of Punt. Also in this volume are the annals of Thutmose III, providing the most complete account of the military achievements of any Egyptian king; scenes representing the supernatural birth and coronation by the gods of his son, Amenhotep II; and inscriptions from the tomb of Rekhmire, prime minister or vizier under Thutmose III, that include a listing of taxes paid to the temple and foreign tribute proceeding from the king's two decades of military activity in Asia.

A herculean assemblage of primary documents, many of which have deteriorated to illegibility since its original publication, Ancient Records of Egypt illuminates both the incredible complexity of Egyptian society and the almost insuperable difficulties of reconstructing a lost civilization.

 

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Contents

Reign of NibtowereMentuhotep IV 434459
3
Reign of Amenemhet II 594613
13
Reign of Khenzer 781787
17
CHRONOLOGY 3857
38
Stela of Eti 457459
44
Career under Thutmose I 99108
47
Campaign in Syria 125
51
The Ebony Shrine of Der elBahri 126127
52
Wadi Halfa Inscription 411437
178
Second Campaign Year 24 444449
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Third Campaign Year 25 450452
192
Fourth Campaign 453
193
Fifth Campaign Year 29 454462
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Sixth Campaign Year 30 463467
197
Seventh Campaign Year 31 468475
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Eighth Campaign Year 33 476487
201

Reign of Thutmose III and Hatshepsut 128390
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Inscription of the Coronation Buildings and Offerings 131166
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CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE 5875
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Reign of Sesostris II 614639
69
Dedication to Dedun and Sesostris III 173176
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Biography of Nebwawi 177
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The Statue Inscription 178183
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Abydos Stela 184186
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The Birth of Queen Hatshepsut 187191
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The Council of the Gods 192
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Interviews Between Amon and Thoth 193194
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Khnum Fashions the Child 202203
81
Interview Between Thoth and Queen Ahmose 204
82
The Birth 206207
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Presentation of the Child to Amon 208
84
Council of Amon and Hathor 209
85
Second Interview of Amon and Thoth 211
86
Vase Inscription 214
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The Purification 216
88
The Northern Journey 221225
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THE FIRST TO THE FIFTH DYNASTIES 76167
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Coronation by Atum 226 227
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Proclamation as King before Amon 231
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Coronation before the Court 232239
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Second Purification 240241
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Concluding Ceremonies 242
100
THE TWELFTH DYNASTY 460750
103
Reception in Punt 254258
105
Stela of Yuf 109114
109
Reign of Thutmose II 115127
115
The Karnak Obelisks 304307
126
THE TWENTIETH DYNASTY 1603
138
Rock Inscription in Wadi Maghara 337
141
Fifth Dynasty 153167
153
The Annals 391405
163
THE THIRD DYNASTY 168175
168
Conspectus of Campaigns 406
175
THE FOURTH DYNASTY 176212
176
Ninth Campaign Year 34 488495
205
Tenth Campaign Year 35 496503
207
Eleventh Campaign Year 36 504
209
Fourteenth Campaign Year 39 516519
211
Fifteenth Campaign 520523
212
Sixteenth Campaign 524527
213
Seventeenth Campaign 528539
215
Conclusion 540
217
Feasts and Offerings from the Conquests 541573
218
Biography of Amenemhab 574592
227
Fragments of Karnak Pylon VII 593598
234
Great Karnak Building Inscription 599608
237
Southern Pylon Inscription at Karnak 243245
243
Obelisks 623
249
Reign of Ramses II 251568
251
London Obelisk 632633
254
New York Obelisk 634636
255
Medinet Habu Building Inscriptions 637641
256
Heliopolis Building Inscriptions 642643
257
Seti ls Temple at Abydos and Great Abydos Inscription 262267
262
THE FIFTH DYNASTY 213281
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THE SIXTH DYNASTY 282390
282
Reception of Dues to the AmonTemple 746751
289
THE TWENTYFIRST DYNASTY 604692
295
The Asiatic War 294391
296
Reign of Amenhotep II 780
304
The Cairo Column 593595
309
Reign of Thutmose IV 810840
320
High Priesthood of Menkheperre 650661
332
Reign of Amenhotep III 841931
334
The Athribis Stela 596601
353
Tomb Inscriptions 382387
382
THE NINTH AND TENTH DYNASTIES 391414
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Relations of Egypt with the Hittites after the War 392491
394
Temple of Serreh 502
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Reign of Eye 10421043
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James Henry Breasted (1865-1935), the first American scholar to hold a professorship in Egyptology, was the author of The Battle of Kadesh, A History of Egypt, Development of Religion and Thought in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Times: A History of the Early World, and The Conquest of Civilization. Peter A. Piccione is an Egyptologist and professor of comparative ancient history at the University of Charleston, South Carolina, and director of the University of Charleston Serapis Research Institute Theban Tombs Publication Project.

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