3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Local Gods for local people,
This review is from: The War of Horus and Set (Myths and Legends) (Paperback)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book which sets out one of the powerstruggles in the Egyptian pantheon of Gods, putting this into its historical as well as its mythological context.
David McIntee sets out the background to the myth, going over the relationship between the two Gods, what their functions were and what they set out to do. He describes most commonly accepted version then setting out the other variants, explaining these in the history of Egypt and showing why the myth changed. The book is a lot more entertaining than this makes it sound, the title of this review is a quote from the book. McIntee also describes the actual conflicts of the Egyptians and their neighbours through the millenia giving details of the development of their armies and their slow decdline and multiple resurrections. The book ends with a short chapter setting out the universality of the tale of a power struggle between an uncle and his nephew.
I would heartily recommend this book, but them I am the sort of person who wants as 28mm figure of Anubis as a "non playing captain" for his wargames army.