Ancient Records of Egypt

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Ancient Records of Egypt is a five-volume work by James Henry Breasted, published in 1906, in which the author has attempted to translate and publish all of the ancient written records of Egyptian history which had survived to the time of his work at the start of the twentieth century. (Breasted notes that his work covers only ancient “historical documents”, and generally does not include ancient Egyptian literature, religious writings, or texts on science, mathematics, or medicine.) [1] :xii

James Henry Breasted American archaeologist, egyptologist and historian

James Henry Breasted was an American archaeologist, Egyptologist, and historian. After completing his PhD at the University of Berlin in 1894, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago. In 1901 he became director of the Haskell Oriental Museum at the university, where he continued to concentrate on Egypt. In 1905 Breasted was promoted to full professor, and held the first chair in Egyptology and Oriental History in the United States. In 1919 he became the founder of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, a center for interdisciplinary study of ancient civilizations. Breasted was a committed field researcher, and had a productive interest in recording and interpreting ancient writings, especially from sources and structures that he feared may be lost forever.

It was part of a proposed three-part set of translations of original texts by different authors, which at the time were difficult to find:

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Only the first two collections — those from Egypt and Assyria — were published.

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  1. 1 2 Breasted, James Henry (1906), Ancient Records of Egypt: Historical Documents from the Earliest Times to the Persian Conquest, Ancient Records, Second Series, I, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, LCCN   06005480
  2. Breasted, James Henry (1906), Ancient Records of Egypt: Historical Documents from the Earliest Times to the Persian Conquest, Ancient Records, Second Series, II, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, LCCN   06005480
  3. Breasted, James Henry (1906), Ancient Records of Egypt: Historical Documents from the Earliest Times to the Persian Conquest, Ancient Records, Second Series, III, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, LCCN   06005480
  4. Breasted, James Henry (1906), Ancient Records of Egypt: Historical Documents from the Earliest Times to the Persian Conquest, Ancient Records, Second Series, IV, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, LCCN   06005480
  5. Breasted, James Henry (1906), Ancient Records of Egypt: Historical Documents from the Earliest Times to the Persian Conquest, Ancient Records, Second Series, V, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, LCCN   06005480