EEF Members' Papers - item [6]

Deep Solar Eclipses in Ancient Egypt A New Interpretation of Some New Kingdom Texts by David G. Smith.

This was a reworked version of an earlier paper in this section, " "Blindness" in Ancient Egypt - A New Interpretation of Some New Kingdom Texts".

The paper has now been taken down, as the author has updated and corrected it anew, and published it in two parts in the online publication Egyptological: August 2012 and October 2012.

The author offers an alternative interpretation of a specific class of texts on stelae and in a Book of the Dead Spell. These stelae texts thus far have been thought to refer to some form of blindness and their co-incidence with the occurrence of Book of the Dead Spell 135 has not hitherto been reported. Could these texts record the witnessing of total or very deep solar eclipses and could they thus assist in establishing an absolute chronology?


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