[lit-ideas] Re: Manethoniana

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"it's possible that the Egyptians of old may well have been  lovers of 
barbecue" also spelt "abracot", "and that it was the barbecue that  made the 
city of Memphis, Egypt, a city of good abode."
In a message dated 2/16/2015 3:07:45 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
jejunejesuit.geary2@xxxxxxxxx writes about the three egyptologists who founded  
Memphis: Overton, Winchester, and Jackson. 
It all happened on May 22, 1819.
The three of them were present, and so were their wives. 
Their idea was clear. They had all read Manetho. 
Based on the strategic position of New Memphis at the head of the  delta of 
the Mississippi River which was referred to by explorers as  the "American 
Nile", the new city was named after the ancient capital  of Egypt which 
happened to be located, also at the head of the delta of the  Nile.
Geary, "Indeed, Memphis ... has Overton Park and Overton Square in honor of 
 our father John Overton; we have Winchester Blvd. in honor of [our second  
father] James Winchester and we have Jackson Avenue in honor of [our third  
father] Andrew Jackson."
"We also have a ... Pyramid which is the 6th largest pyramid in the world  
-- 392 ft. high, and 591 feet at the base." From Greek pyramis, "a pyramid," 
an  alteration of Egyptian "pimar", "pyramid." 
"We also have an obelisque", erected in 1928. From Greek obeliskos,  
diminutive of "obelos" "a spit, pointed pillar, needle", mainly seen in Egypt. 
which is all all rightly Egyptian in spirit, as it should.

Throughout her history, the citizens of New Memphis have maintained  their 
connection with Old Memphis through the years. 
Besides the pyramid and the obelisk mentioned by Geary, we should not  
forget that in 1917 Robert Galloway, chairman of the Memphis Park  Commission, 
presented two large quartzite blocks to the city of Memphis. 
These two blocks were originally a part of a palace in old Memphis (they  
were bought from the Egyptians by Galloway, and brought to New Memphis by 
ship)  are nicely decorated with figures and inscriptions of the 26th Dynasty 
(ca. 550  B.C.E.) Pharaoh Amasis. 
In the 1970s, a generous donation from E.H. Little made possible the  
acquisition of 44 Egyptian artifacts, ranging in date from 3600 B.C.E. to the  
seventh century C.E..

In 1983, the first installation of the ancient Egyptian collection  occured.

In 1993, the Great Hypostyle Hall Project at Karnak, Egypt  (project 
director: William Murnane) is initiated by the Institute of Egyptian  Art & 
 In 1995, the Amenmesse Project (KV 10), in the Valley of the Kings  
(project director Otto Schaden) is initiated and sponsored by the Institute of  
Egyptian Art & Archaeology. 

In 1996, L. H. Corcoran curates an exhibition on hieroglyphs in  New 
In 2001, S. Harvey and M. Hartwig publish the catalogue of "Gods of  

In 2003, Lorelei Corcoran, of New Memphis, initiates a co-operative  
project with the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor, Tomb of Harwa 
director Francesco Tiradritti.
In 2006, tomb 63 is discovered in the Valley of the Kings thanks to  the 

In 2010, there is a new display cases for mummies installed in New  Memphis.
In 2012, the cast of colossal statue of Ramesses II is moved from downtown  
New Memphis to the "campus"
Manetho, Loeb Classical Library ("All you need is Loeb").
Manetho was an Egyptian of the third century BCE. 
Born probably at Sebennytus in the Delta, he became a priest or high priest 
 at Heliopolis. 
Apparently Manetho and a Greek Timotheus did much to establish the  cult of 
Serapis in Egypt. 
Eight works or parts of works were ascribed to Manetho, all on history and  
religion and all apparently in Greek: 
1) Aegyptiaca, on the history of Egypt; 
2) The Sacred Book, on Egyptian religion; 
3) An Epitome of Physical Doctrines; 
4) On Festivals; 
5) On Ancient Ritual and Religion; 
6) On the Making of Kyphi (an incense); 
7) The Criticisms of Herodotus; and 
8) the spurious Book of Sôthis. 
These survive only as quoted by other writers.
The Loeb volume of Manetho also contains the doubtful Kings of Thebes  (in 
Egypt) and the Old Chronicle.

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