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American EgyptologistThe Life of James Henry Breasted and the Creation of His Oriental Institute$
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Jeffrey Abt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226001104

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226001128.001.0001

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What the Monuments Say

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American Egyptologist

Jeffrey Abt

University of Chicago Press

James Henry Breasted returned to the University of Chicago in 1895, bringing with him antiquities from Egypt. By that time, the university had been dramatically transformed. University president William Rainey Harper merged undergraduate education, graduate research, and extension courses to realize his “ideal of the university scholar” and to build the university into one of the world's leading centers for “pure” scholarship and science. Armed with his advanced German training in Egyptology, a new field to America, Breasted was an ideal fit for Harper's vision. Breasted began teaching in late spring 1896, and was also appointed assistant director and curator of Egyptology of the Haskell Oriental Museum. He furthermore began to undertake off-campus speaking engagements, addressing devotees of archaeology as well as professional associations of teachers and college endowment administrators, amateur folklore associations, and Bible and Semitics students. Breasted would soon join an international team, led by Adolf Erman, in the compilation of the Wörterbuch der aegyptischen Sprache, or Egyptian dictionary.

Keywords:   antiquities, egypt, James Henry Breasted, university of chicago, william rainey harper, egyptology, haskell oriental museum, archaeology, adolf erman, egyptian dictionary

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