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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (17 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500251983
  • ISBN-13: 979-0500251989
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 0.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garry J Shaw was born in 1981 and grew up in St. Helens. He studied archaeology and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, and afterwards moved to Egypt to teach for the American University in Cairo. He has lectured in the UK, Egypt, and Canada, appeared in documentaries, and currently teaches classes on Egyptian history, kingship, and mythology for the Egypt Exploration Society, London.

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The myths are presented here in a down-to-earth and often humorous manner, consistent with the spirit of the texts, exposing the gamut of human emotion from the rage of the solar deity to the lamentations of the widowed Isis ... will be fitting additions to the library of the Nile traveller ... can be read with interest and pleasure in an armchair. --History Today

Most books on mythology present their material as archaic stories and that's that. But this author gives us the background to the myths and then explains how they were integrated into every aspect of the ordinary Egyptian's existence from birth to death - and beyond. Illustrations, diagrams and drawings, together with many extraordinarily powerful quotations from papyri, paint a picture of the dynamic forces that the gods represented and how their lives were played out in the various myths. --Minerva

With academic authority and enjoyable style, assisted by numerous, well-chosen illustrations of gods and goddesses, Shaw's book is a lively introduction to its subject. --Current World Archaeology

Beautifully set out on high quality paper ... and featuring some lesser known stories ... alongside more familiar myths, this is a good introduction to the complex mythology of the ancient Egyptians and their unique way of understanding the world around them. --Ancient Egypt

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By harry burgess on 22 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
I've been reading about Egyptian mythology since childhood, it's always been one of my favourites and I'm always on the look out for more reference books on the subject. I recently picked up a copy of this from Waterstones and I haven't been disappointed.

Firstly, the quality of the book is gorgeous; everything from the dust jacket to the paper used just feels top notch. That in itself makes you feel like it's worth the money.

As for the content, the author shows a fantastic breadth of knowledge and a clear love of the subject is evident on every page. The chapters are laid out very well, with very nice photographs and useful charts complimenting the text. The photos aren't in colour though, which is a shame as Egyptian paintings and sculptures can be very vibrant.
However, unlike most reference books this one is very easy to dip in and out of. It manages to be both informative and entertaining, and doesn't leave your brain feeling like it's bogged down with information.

I would throughly recommend this book to people who would like to know more about the mythology of this fascinating civilisation, yet who don't want to wade through massive text books. Or maybe you're a student studying the myths or a hardcore fan just looking for a lighter read.

My only massive gripe is that he doesn't use the Egyptian names for deities and places, instead opting for the Greek alternative. But that's just me.
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There are many books about Egyptian myths and gods, but in this handbook-sized guide Garry Shaw asks you to “place yourself in the sandals” of the ancient Egyptians, to try to see and understand the world through their eyes, a world where gods were not just distant entities but an integral part of everyday life.

Focussing on the stories, personalities and “human” characteristics of the ancient gods, Shaw begins with creation myths: the Ogdoad of Hermopolis, the Triads of Thebes and Memphis, the Ennead of Heliopolis, and the reigns of the god kings Ra, Shu, Geb, Osiris, Seth and Horus, succeeded by the pharaohs, who were themselves the personification of Horus and the Son of Ra.
These stories developed as the Egyptians tried to make sense of their surroundings. Why is the land separated from the sky? Because Geb (earth) and his sister Nut (sky) embraced so closely she was unable to give birth until their father Shu (the air or atmosphere) forced them apart, separating sky from the earth.

Part Two concentrates on the manifestations of the gods in the living world. Major deities such as Amun were accessible only to the king and his priests, but ordinary people could communicate with the divine using magic spells, oracles and hearing chapels, and interact with household gods such as Bes and Taweret through small shrines in the home. Hathor and Min watched over the desert routes, the blood of the cat goddess Bastet fell to earth and became the much prized turquoise, mined by workers who invoked the protection of Hathor as the Lady of Turquoise. The supernatural was as much a part of daily life as the mundane.
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If you want to learn about the real Egypt this is a great guide. I especially liked the final third of the book as we are guided through death and what it means for the people of those ancient times. The author has immersed himself in the world of Egypt's ancestors and depicts what its like to live in a time and world dominated by legends, gods and the magic of life and death. Seeing more in their day to day life than we can see in the typical Egyptian monologues we are subjected to. The author knows his stuff that is clear and puts a reality on what is seemingly un-real. Its layout, the author's humour and knowledge are well presented and well written. Its size and readability make it something you can look forward to dipping back into in the future after a first read. A great book that those learning about Egyptian culture should read - it pulls together knowledge which is broad and deep and the author uses his experience and learning in this field to make it understandable to the reader without recourse to a Hammer horror mummy in swathe bandages running rampage in the mind. Great book.
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By Miz on 1 May 2015
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Packed with information and very readable.
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By Chris West on 3 Nov. 2014
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