Egyptian Book of the Dead Timeline

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  • c. 2670 BCE - c. 2613 BCE
    Concepts later included in Book of the Dead inscribed in tombs of Third Dynasty of Egypt.
  • 1991 BCE - 1802 BCE
    The Egyptian Book of the Dead written on papyrus and included in tombs of the 12th Dynasty of Egypt.
  • c. 1600 BCE
    Spells of The Egyptian Book of the Dead divided into chapters.
  • 1570 BCE - 1069 BCE
    The Egyptian Book of the Dead printed on demand throughout Egypt; book is a best-seller from period of the New Kingdom onwards.
  • c. 650 BCE
    Text of The Egyptian Book of the Dead fixed at 190 Spells.
  • 323 BCE - 30 BCE
    The Egyptian Book of the Dead continues in popular use through the Ptolemaic Dynasty, the last to rule Egypt before the coming of Rome.
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