HISTORY OF EGYPT CHALDEA, SYRIA, BABYLONIA, AND ASSYRIA
By G. MASPERO, Honorable Doctor of Civil Laws, and Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford; Member of the Institute and Professor at the College of France
Edited by A. H. SAYCE, Professor of Assyriology, Oxford
Translated by M. L. McCLURE, Member of the Committee of the Egypt Exploration Fund
CONTAINING OVER TWELVE HUNDRED COLORED PLATES AND ILLUSTRATIONS
THE GROLIER SOCIETY
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THE CLOSE OF THE THEBAN EMPIRE -- (continued)
RAMSES III.: MANNERS AND CUSTOMS -- POPULATION -- THE PREDOMINANCE OF AMON AND HIS HIGH PRIESTS.
The Theban necropolis: mummies -- The funeral of a rich Theban: the procession of the offerings and the funerary furniture, the crossing of the Nile, the tomb, the farewell to the dead, the sacrifice, the coffins, the repast of the dead, the song of the Harper -- The common ditch -- The living inhabitants of the necropolis: draughtsmen, sculptors, painters -- The bas-reliefs of the temples and the tombs, wooden statuettes, the smelting of metals, bronze -- The religions of the necropolis: the immorality and want of discipline among the people: workmen s strikes.
Amon and the beliefs concerning him: his kingdom over the living and the dead, the soul's destiny according to the teaching of Amon -- Khonsu and his temple; the temple of Amon at Karnak, its revenue, its priesthood -- The growing influence of the high priests of Amon under the sons of Ramses III.: Hamsesnakluti, Amenothes; the violation of the royal burying-places -- Hrihor and the last of the Ramses, Smendes and the accession to power of the XXIst dynasty: the division of Egypt into two States -- The priest-kings of Amon masters of Thebes under the suzerainty of the Tanite Pharaohs -- The close of the Theban empire.
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