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Raymond Oliver Faulkner

The Egyptian Book of the Dead

C Books


The Book of the Dead is a collection of writings that were placed in tombs as a means of guiding the ancient Egyptian soul on its journey to the afterlife.

The Papyrus of Ani, which is reproduced here, is one of the most important and beautiful of the surviving papyri. Damage in the 19th century seriously confused its sequencing and the relationship between text and illustrations.

Here for the first time the scroll is presented in its proper sequence and in its entirety. The English text is placed immediately underneath the corresponding hieroglyphs, and the reproductions are faithful to the originals in all their glowing color. A critical purchase for any serious collection of materials on ancient Egypt.

For thousands of years, the philosophy of the ancient Egyptians has fascinated spiritual seekers throughout the world.

Now, with this deluxe edition, the legendary 3,500-year-old Papyrus of Ani--the most beautiful of the ornately illustrated Egyptian funerary scrolls--has been restored to its original sequences of text and artwork.

Dr Raymond Oliver Faulkner, FSA,
(26 December 1894 — 3 March 1982)

was an English Egyptologist and philologist of the ancient Egyptian language.

He was born in Shoreham, Sussex, and was the son of bank clerk Frederick Arthur Faulkner and his wife Matilda Elizabeth Faulkner.

In 1912 he took up a position in the British Civil Service, but his employment was interrupted by World War I, when he entered the armed forces.

After a brief period of service, he was invalided out and rejoined the Civil Service in 1916.

Faulkner developed an interest in Egyptology, and in 1918 he took to studying Egyptian hieroglyphs in his spare time at University College London under the tutelage of Margaret Murray.

In 1926 he became the full-time assistant to Dr Alan Gardiner, from whom he received philological training and encouragement to publish his works on hieroglyphic texts.  He was the editor of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology from 1946–59, and wrote many books, articles, and reviews.

In 1950 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

In 1951 Faulkner became an assistant in language teaching at University College London, progressing to become a lecturer in Egyptian language - a post he held from 1954 to 1967. He received his Doctor of Letters degree from the University of London in 1960.

Faulkner's main area of interest was Egyptian philology, and he made major contributions to Egyptology with his translations and indexes of many important ancient Egyptian texts, as well as his autographic dictionary of Middle Egyptian (which remains an important and standard reference for modern Egyptologists and students of the ancient Egyptian language).

He died in Ipswich, Suffolk, on 3 March 1982.

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