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Egyptian Myths / Edition 1

Egyptian Myths / Edition 1

by George Hart
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The rich panorama of ancient Egyptian mythology has survived through tomb paintings, temple inscriptions, and papyri. This account begins with the creation legends of Heliopolis, Memphis, and Hermopolis and illustrates the intellectual struggles of the Egyptians to explain the beginning of the world. The myths that follow range from stories about the gods—the murder of Osiris and vengeance of Horus, Isis and the seven scorpions, Sakhmet and the virtual slaughter of mankind—to fables such as the Shipwrecked Sailor and the Enchanted Island. Through these delightful and often amusing tales, we can appreciate more fully the beliefs and imagination of the ancient Egyptians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900292720762
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/28/1990
Series: Legendary past Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

George Hart is a staff lecturer in the Education Service of the British Museum and teaches ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs for the University of London. He has written a number of books on ancient Egypt.

Table of Contents

  • Map
  • Introduction
  • Creation legends
  • The myth of kingship
  • Isis 'Great in Magic'
  • The myth of cataclysm
  • The underworld journey of the sun god
  • From history into legend
  • Tales of fantasy
  • Suggestions for further reading
  • Index

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