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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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Expeditions to Nubia

Expeditions to Nubia

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American Egyptologist

Jeffrey Abt

University of Chicago Press

Soon after he began collecting materials for what would become Ancient Records of Egypt: Historical Documents from the Earliest Times to the Persian Conquest, James Henry Breasted contemplated on enlarging his project beyond those preserved in European museums and previous publications to include monuments along the Nile. He began looking for sources of funding, first by applying to the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Unable to convince Daniel Coit Gilman, the Carnegie Institution's founding president, Breasted took his proposal to John D. Rockefeller Jr., on behalf of the University of Chicago's Department of Semitic Languages and Literatures for a program of expeditions in the Middle East. This time he was successful. The funding was administered by a university-based Oriental Exploration Fund with William Rainey Harper as director. Soon Breasted was on his way to Nubia for an expedition to examine and collect Egyptian antiquities such as temples, monuments, and inscriptions in various archaeological sites. By the time he concluded his work, Breasted had completed two expeditions, traveled about 1,200 miles, and produced more than 1,200 records.

Keywords:   expeditions, James Henry Breasted, John D. Rockefeller, nubia, antiquities, temples, monuments, inscriptions, archaeological sites, egypt

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