By Marshall. Clagett
This quantity, the 1st of 3 volumes describing the key points of historic Egyptian technology, concentrates at the beginning and improvement of hieroglyphic writing, the scribal career, and quasi-learned associations in historical Egypt. Professor Clagett has paid specific consciousness to the so-called Palermo Stone, the earliest annals composed in Eygpt.
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I have not copulated (illicitly); I have not been unchaste. I have not increased or diminished the measure, I have not diminished the palm(-measure); I have not encroached upon fields. I have not added to the balance weights; I have not tampered with the plumb bob of the balance.... c /S,6/ I (have) purified myself in the southern site. I have gone to rest in the northern settlement, (in) the field of grasshoppers wherein I purify myself at this hour of night or day (for soothing the hearts of the gods when I pass through it by night or by day).
I set his enem ies in th e ir place of execution. As Re addresses other gods he repeats that he has come to take care of Osiris. Furthermore, as we saw above, there was an identification of Re with Osiris, when he appears as a bird along with two other forms of Re in the solar bark at the end of its journey. 17 Texts and Studies of the Book o f Amduat The most important single work treating of the Book o f A m duat is the edition, translation, and commentary included in E. Hornung’s Das Amduat: Die S ch rift des Verborgenen Raumes (Agyptologische -485- ANCIENT EGYPTIAN SCIENCE Abhandlungen, Vols.
41). This is somewhat surprising since the Khepri form of the sun-god is usually confined to its first appearance at dawn. 4 kept there by the surrounding snake, which, as we have seen (Chap. II, n. 27), represents the surrounding chaos out of which the sun must emerge at the end of his night journey. Also of interest to our concern with cosmogony is the fact that the crew of two that is in the bark here and throughout the night journey consists of Sia and Heka, the two gods concerned with the creative word, Heka having replaced Hu, a not uncommon substitution.