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OIP 94.

Medinet Habu, Vol. VIII: The Eastern High Gate with Translations of Texts

The Epigraphic Survey

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At the end of the last century, during the first year of his commission to copy inscriptions for the proposed German-Egyptian dictionary, Professor James Henry Breasted wrote, "I am now laying plans to copy not merely the historical, but allthe inscriptions of Egypt and publish them. This will require $25,000 a year for fifteen or twenty years." It was not until 1924 that he was able to put his plan into action. The initial site selected was the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu. The first months of work by the Epigraphic Survey showed that a complete and accurate record required more time and care than Professor Breasted had envisaged. The methods of copying which he described in the first volume of Medinet Habu have been followed in all subsequent work of the expedition, and the Epigraphic Survey has produced what it believes are as accurate facsimile reproductions of the ancient reliefs as are possible. The present volume completes the documentation of the reliefs and inscriptions on the buildings at Medinet Habu constructed and decorated during the reign of Ramses III. Its Eastern High Gate is a structure unique among the extant ancient buildings of Egypt. The architecture has been studied by Professor Uvo Hölscher, and the relevant parts of his publications should be consulted. [From the Preface, p. xi, by Charles F. Nims].

  • Oriental Institute Publications 94
  • Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1970
  • ISBN 0-226-62197-9
  • Pp. xxiii + 14, 10 plans, 70 plates
  • Large porfolio 15 x 19 in / 38 x 49 cm
  • $90.00

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