Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

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by Richard H. Wilkinson
     
 

A systematic survey of Egyptian deities that combines a clearly presented text with lots of illustrations. The opening chapters discuss the birth, rule and decline of the gods, their form and role in religious life, religion and piety and links between gods and kingship.See more details below

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A systematic survey of Egyptian deities that combines a clearly presented text with lots of illustrations. The opening chapters discuss the birth, rule and decline of the gods, their form and role in religious life, religion and piety and links between gods and kingship.

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Publishers Weekly
Egyptologist Wilkinson presents a clear, comprehensive and beautifully illustrated (in color and b&w) guide to the bewildering array of Egyptian deities-a complete catalogue of gods and goddesses supplemented by examinations of the history of Egyptian religion, the rise and fall of the gods, and the ways in which they were worshipped. Ancient Egypt was, Wilkinson writes, the most theocratic of any ancient culture; religion pervaded daily life for comoners as well as the pharaohs. This volume underscores the richness of ancient Egyptian beliefs: literally scores of deities are discussed, grouped by appearance: male anthropomorphic, female anthropomorphic, mammalian, avian, etc. For each god or goddess, the author discusses its mythology, iconography and forms of worship. Amun, or Amun-Re, for instance, one of the major male anthropomorphic gods, is discussed as creator god, solar god and fertility god, among other roles; he was originally portrayed with the color red; and he was honored with temples at Karnak and Luxor. This is an excellent reference work for budding Egyptologists and anyone fascinated by the culture of ancient Egypt. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This elegant and comprehensive resource thoroughly illustrates and catalogs the Egyptian deities, from early pharaonic times to the Roman period. A respected authority on Egyptian deities and iconography, Wilkinson has published numerous works on this topic and engaged in original research and excavations, and he currently directs the Egyptian Expedition at the University of Arizona. The book is divided into five sections (essays on various topics) outlining the origins of the numerous gods and goddesses, their varied representations, popular worship, and the relationship of the gods and royalty. The final and major section, "The Many Faces of the Divine," is a systematic guide to the gods subdivided by the varied thematic material they depict, e.g., mammals, amphibians, and insects, both male and female. This book abounds with beautiful full-color photographs and drawings that depict tomb paintings, temple reliefs, statues, and more. Although many familiar Egyptian deities are included (e.g., Osiris, Amon, Hathor, and Isis), there is ample coverage of minor figures as well (e.g., Babi and Ba-Pef). Essentially a reference volume despite the essay format, this guidebook to the religious beliefs of a rich culture at its zenith is a pleasure to browse. Highly recommended.-Richard K. Burns, M.S.L.S., Hatboro, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500051207
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
05/26/2003
Series:
Complete Series
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
277,472
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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