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By John Tait

"Never Had the Like happened" examines old Egypt's personal multifaceted encounters with its earlier. As Egyptian tradition always replaced and developed, this e-book follows a chronological association, from early Egypt to the attitudes of the Coptic inhabitants within the Byzantine interval. inside of this framework, it asks what entry the Egyptians needed to information regarding the prior, no matter if intentionally or by chance got; what use used to be made up of the previous; what have been the Egyptians attitudes to the previous; what experience of prior time did the Egyptians have; and what forms of reverence for the prior did they entertain? this is often the 1st e-book devoted to the entire diversity of those topics. It offers an explanatory context for the varied earlier reports that experience handled specific units of facts, specific sessions, or specific concerns. It presents a case learn of the way civilizations may possibly view and make the most of their earlier.

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From these concepts, it seems that to the Ancient Egyptians all the past, when considered as “night”, or in the completed or perfective state, is linked with Hx eternity, and all the future continuing state, when considered as forming the “Day” following, is tied to rLL eternity. Put in terms of the creator deity, a night of Ptah would be the whole of Hx, and a day the whole of rLL, both these periods being of limitless time. Expressed in present-day terminology, such a day and night would be the figure 1 followed by an infinite number of zeros, or expressed as a mathematical abbreviation 10°°.

One routinely finds putatively art-historical publications in Egyptology that cite ‘parallels’ for a stylistic trait or iconographical motif drawn from practically all later periods of the entire cultural tradition or cultural history in question. e. supposedly comparable instances ranging over 1,500 years of cultural history. In principle this procedure must violate the tenets of iconological analysis – that iconography is ‘disjunctive’ from one replication to the next (Panofsky 1960; see Davis 1992: 24–27, 1996: 117–127 for examples in prehistoric and Egyptological archaeology).

13,505 years, a difference of 80 years at most. Following on from this, the total number of years for the combined rule of the gods and these later dynasties is given in the Turin Canon as 23,200 + x years. This total is close to 16 cycles, or 23,376 years, a difference of about 170 years. Given the damaged state of the papyrus as regards a whole number of these prehistoric period entries, these totals could have been even closer. Going further back in time, it is clear from many Egyptian textual references that this period – termed the rule of the gods – has nothing to do with their own ages or that of the universe itself, but only relates to settled life in Egypt and on earth generally.

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