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Edward William Lane 1801–1876The Life of the Pioneering Egyptologist and Orientalist$
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Jason Thompson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162879

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.001.0001

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Never a More Happy Time

Never a More Happy Time

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(p.94) 6 Never a More Happy Time
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Edward William Lane 1801–1876
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Jason Thompson

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.003.0007

Edward William Lane's artistic training made him access the most of the opportunity, wherein he could easily assess the various media and techniques of the ancient artists. While the different plateaus, which were not really visible to Lane, were the ones he chose for his habitat, he saw most clearly what he called New Kingdom because of its recent abundance. Different conflicts about Lane's stay in Egypt have been one of the issues here. Moreover, Lane had critical good sense to ignore the Hermetic texts attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. Also, his reputation as a pioneering Egyptologist had been established and made him marked as an orientalist due to his inevitable assessment of Egypt's modern inhabitants. In addition, Lane examined the two most important French works to appear about Egypt during the eighteenth century.

Keywords:   Edward William Lane, Egypt, ancient artists, New Kingdom, Hermetic, Hermes Trismegistus, Egyptologist, orientalist

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