Sir Peter Le Page Renouf

PemBook: The letters of Peter le Page Renouf (1822-1897) by Kevin Cathcart

Student, 1840-1842

Sir Peter Le Page Renouf (1822-1897) was a British professor, Egyptologist, and museum director, best known for his translation of The Book of the Dead. He converted to Catholicism during his time in Oxford, and so was unable to complete his degree. He acted as tutor to a French noble family until 1854, when he became a professor of ancient history at John Henry Newman's Catholic university in Dublin. It was at this time he began his study of Egyptology, which later lead to his becoming Keeper of Egyptian and Assyrian antiquities at the British Museum, becoming one of the most respected holders of the post.

Obituary in The Tablet

Other Works:

Lectures on the origin and growth of religion as illustrated by the religion of ancient Egypt : delivered in May and June, 1879

The Egyptian Book of the dead : translation and commentary (1904)

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