Hieroglyphs and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt / Edition 1

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In ancient Egypt the strategy to achieve life after death relied on hieroglyphs, which united art and writing to help fulfil this ambition. This lavishly illustrated book tells the history of the texts that, through 3,000 years, were designed to ensure survival after death. Egyptologist Stephen Quirke sets out the history of the texts designed to guarantee life beyond death, from the Pyramid Texts for kings and queens, c.2400 BC, to the Book of the Dead used by king and subject alike after 1600 BC. The literature that flourished for millennia met its end under the combined pressures of Greek-speaking government, Roman occupation, and conversion to Christianity. Although Books of the Dead and other funerary manuscripts form the great bulk of surviving Pharaonic texts, no up-to-date survey of this material has been available to a general or scholarly readership. This book, based on a concept by Werner Forman, aims to fill that gap.
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Quirke is an Egyptian antiquities curator at the British Museum. He tells the history of three texts designed to guarantee life beyond death--the Pyramid Texts, the Coffin Texts, and the Book of the Dead--and discusses a pharaonic tradition that spanned 3,000 years. Illustrated with color photographs by Forman. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806127514
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.85 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Hieroglyphic Script and Art 7
2 Pyramids, Mute and Voiced 35
3 Human Made Divine: The Coffin Texts 67
4 Surviving Death in an Age of Empire 111
5 Revivals of the Past in the First Millennium BC 137
6 The Last Flowering: Preserving Afterlife in Roman Egypt 167
Author's Note 179
Glossary of Names and Terms 180
Bibliography 184
Acknowledgments 186
Chronological Table 187
Map of Ancient Egypt 188
Index 189
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