Thebes, Its Tombs and Their Tenants, Ancient and Present: Including a Record of Excavations in the Necropolis

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Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1862 - Tombs - 329 pages
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Page 156 - ... carved and painted to resemble nature as nearly as possible, about a cubit or two cubits in length. As he shows it to each guest in turn, the servant says, 'Gaze here, and drink and be merry; for when you die, such will you be.
Page 237 - Memmi. arma antiqua manus ungues dentesque fuerunt et lapides et item silvarum fragmina rami, et flamma atque ignes, postquam sunt cognita primum. : >Ss posterius ferri vis est aerisque reperta. et prior aeris erat quam ferri cognitus usus, quo facilis magis est natura et copia maior.
Page 209 - In examining the history of mankind, as well as in examining the phenomena of the material world, when we cannot trace the process by which an event has been produced, it is often of importance to be able to show how it may have been produced by natural causes.
Page 179 - That when we perform an action, we perform it in consequence of some motive or motives ; that those motives are the results of some antecedents ; and that, therefore, if we were acquainted with the whole of the antecedents, and with all the laws of their movements, we could with unerring certainty predict the whole of their immediate results.
Page 100 - ... should stand intact, and particularly that an imposing receptacle like the sarcophagus so well calculated to excite the hopes of cupidity, should be permitted to retain, unattempted, the mystery of its interior. But the time had come when those who had reposed so long were to be disturbed in turn, although there were no successors to be established as they had been in the place of which some of them were to be dispossessed.
Page 96 - ... much earlier time, and probably had held the remains of one of the first owners of this tomb ; but whether it had been thus procured on the spot where it was again employed, or not, the method of appropriation had been very summary. For the lid, which showed marks of having once been violently wrenched off, was only laid loosely on, the fractured slips or tongues of wood which had originally secured it not having been restored to efficiency, while they were in some cases completely broken away....
Page 94 - ... deal shell or box, dovetailed at the corners. On the breast of the former a wreath of leaves was twined, and above the feet there rested the tiny bodies of two very young children, covered only by a few folds of simple bandages, the outer rolls of which encircled them together. The latter also bore a similar but a heavier burden, the mummy of a full-grown man carefully swathed, the exterior cloth being painted to represent the lineaments of the face, the hands, and the feet, with a line of hieroglyphics...
Page 96 - ... while they were in some cases completely broken away. Nor could this be explained by assuming, with reference to the presence of two bodies, that the coffin had first been deposited with one, and subsequently, as a manifestation even in death of earthly affection, opened to receive the other, that of the young girl, which was uppermost ; for, besides the evidence of rough usage, it was plain that the case was made having regard to a mummy of different dimensions from either of those within it,...
Page 96 - It had undoubtedly been constructed for a very different tenant — for a tenant of a much earlier time, and probably had held the remains of one of the first owners of this tomb ; but whether it had been thus procured on the spot where it was again employed, or not, the method of appropriation had been very summary. For the lid, which showed marks of having once been violently wrenched...
Page 111 - ... reasonable probability this indicator of age may be fairly held as of common application to the two. Nor would this conclusion be otherwise than countenanced by the style of mummification and decoration of the rifled bodies and coffins found in the built-up chambers above, and in vault No. 1 below. Whether the original occupants were allowed to sleep on in peace until the time of the last appropriation, or whether their right of property had been occasionally infringed in the interval, or themselves...

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