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The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt Hardcover – 19 May 2003

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 01 edition (19 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500051208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500051207
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New! The origins, evolution, worship, and eventual decline of ancient Egyptian deities

An intriguing overview of early Egyptian lore [that] entices the reader to explore ancient beliefs and art. The work balances text with an elegant array of illustrations ranging from full-color tomb murals to sculpture, line drawings, and photos. This comprehensive study of Egyptian theism has much to offer, particularly the impact of symbolism and hieroglyphic writing on literature, art, architecture, processions, ritual, costume, and jewelry. Highly recommended.

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A comprehensive and authoritative illustrated guide to the deities that lay at the heart of Ancient Egyptian religion and society. It examines the evolution, worship and eventual decline of a huge pantheon, from minor figures such as Bas, Babi, Ba-Pef and Taweret to the all-powerful Osiris, Amun, Hathor, Isis and Re. The author considers the differing manifestations, iconography and cult centres of the deities and their fluctuating popularity. He also examines levels of worship, from the king's formal rituals and festivals to popular access and personal piety. The accompanying photographs and drawings depict tomb paintings, temple reliefs, statues and other iconography.

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