James Henry Breasted (1865-1935) is considered the first American scholar to specialize in ancient Egyptian studies. In these five monumental volumes, Breasted documents and translates all the then-identified hieroglyphics from the first Dynasty through the twenty-sixth Dynasty. First published in 1906, Ancient Records of Egypt is still considered to be one of the most influential and complete sources of information on ancient Egypt. This collection is remarkable for its exact translations of sources, which is supplemented by Breasted’s commentary throughout.
Breasted’s compilation begins with a documentary source list, which serves as an overview of Egyptian history, as well as the nature of his sources. He cites tombs, papyri, reliefs, temple and royal records, and surviving architecture. Breasted then gives a summary of all twenty-six dynasties before beginning his account of the first Dynasty and its artifacts and hieroglyphics. Breasted’s work is perfect for students, professors, and anyone interested in gaining a thorough and technical understanding of ancient Egyptian culture and history.
- Premier scholarly work on ancient Egypt
- Contains detailed summary of Egyptian history
- Each volume has in-depth table of contents
- Traces every known artifact and hieroglyphic from the turn of the nineteenth century
- Volume 5 contains extensive indices and bibliographies
- Title: Ancient Records of Egypt
- Author: James Henry Breasted
- Publisher: University of Chicago
- Volumes: 5
- Pages: 1,952
About James Henry Breasted
James Henry Breasted was a leading American scholar, historian, and archeologist around the turn of the nineteenth century. He focused in ancient Egyptian studies, as well as what became known as the Near East. He was a professor at the University of Chicago and director of the Haskell Oriental Museum in Chicago. He led several archeological expeditions throughout his career to Egypt and the Far East. Breasted was also among those who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922.