Living in the past is the phenomenon that underlies this study, which focuses on the causes of the Egyptian archaizing spirit that reached its climax under the Saite 26th Dynasty (664-525 BC), resurrecting elements from earlier stages of Egyptian civilization. These elements, which had long fallen out of use (hence the term "archaism" rather than "tradition" or "continuity") include everything from earlier stages of the language to artistic styles and motifs, and to funerary practices. Both royal and private documents are analyzed, as the book attempts to answer the "why" of the archaizing movement in general by concentrating on the "how", that is, the mechanism of the written historical and biographical sources. Part 1 covers general questions concerning Saite archaism as a whole. Part 2 provides a grammatical analysis of both the royal and private texts in the corpus, including a morphological attempt to organize the verbal system of Saite secular Egyptian. Part 3 allows a detailed look at the royal historical stelae of Dynasty 26. Eight royal historical stelae are gathered for the first time with exhaustive critical apparatus including new photographs, fascimile drawings, computer-generated hieroglyphic copies for textbook use, transliteration, translation and commentary.Vom Verlag:
First published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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