The War of Horus and Set

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Egyptian mythology tells us that long ago the brother gods Osiris and Set ruled peacefully over the lands of Upper and Lower Egypt, each in his own kingdom. But over time Set came to covet his brother's lands and crown, and eventually the temptation overwhelmed him. Usurping Osiris' throne, Set began a blood feud that spread war, death and mutilation through both the heavens and the earth. Gods and men chose sides and took up arms on behalf of both Set and Horus, the heir of Osiris. This book retells the mythic ...

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Overview

Egyptian mythology tells us that long ago the brother gods Osiris and Set ruled peacefully over the lands of Upper and Lower Egypt, each in his own kingdom. But over time Set came to covet his brother's lands and crown, and eventually the temptation overwhelmed him. Usurping Osiris' throne, Set began a blood feud that spread war, death and mutilation through both the heavens and the earth. Gods and men chose sides and took up arms on behalf of both Set and Horus, the heir of Osiris. This book retells the mythic struggle between Horus and Set, exploring the variations and background to the feud, and examining the earthly realities that inspired, or reflected, the actions and allegiances of the Gods, such as the political rivalries between the two kingdoms, and the invasion by Cambyses II. Egyptian weapons and strategies are also examined, showing how their gods and men did battle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780969022
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Series: Osprey Publishing Myths and Legends Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 706,203
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David A McIntee has written many tie-in novels in such franchises as Dr Who, Star Trek, Final Destination and Space 1999. He has also written comics adapting the work of Ray Harryhausen, William Shatner and John Saul. He has been a regular features contributor to many genre media magazines, and has written academic studies about the Aliens and Predator series, Blakes 7, and others. He has also run re-enactment demos of Ancient Egyptian events. The author lives in Great Britain.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Gods and their Realm
The Creation of the World and the Gods
The Gods
Cast of Gods 

The Jealous Brother
Before He Was Bad
Osiris and Family
The Birth of Horus
Set the Zombie Slayer 

The Vengeful Nephew
The First Mummy
Horus vs. Set
The Final Conflict 

History and Warfare
I've Heard it Both Ways
Casting Against Type
Conquest of Cambyses
Weapons and Tactics of Egypt

Enduring Legacy
Egyptian Mythology: Purpose and Relevance
Then and Now

Select Bibliography

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