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Ancient Egyptian Myths

Catherine Chambers

The Great Sphinx of Giza, painted friezes in pyramid chambers, and symbolic paintings of the eye of Horus are familiar and breathtaking works of art. Yet behind them lies a deep cosmological tapestry in which the origins of the Earth... Read moreRead less

The Great Sphinx of Giza, painted friezes in pyramid chambers, and symbolic paintings of the eye of Horus are familiar and breathtaking works of art. Yet behind them lies a deep cosmological tapestry in which the origins of the Earth and riches brought by the Nile flood are explained through deities. As pharaohs, kingdoms and dynasties rise and fall, so the roles of gods, goddesses and myths change, making Ancient Egypt’s mythology a fascinating journey that reflects shifting power, fortune and influence in the lives of Egyptians. Ancient Egyptian Myths takes a broad approach to the cosmology of Ancient Egypt, describing the function of myth to both the powerful and the powerless. It includes internal and external political and economic influences on the status of deities and their myths. The book examines iconography and texts that transported Egyptians from practical stories explaining the world around them to the mystery and magic that led them into the realm of the dead. It explains the roles of priests and the exclusiveness of temples. Finally, it reveals influences of Egypt’s myths on belief systems and the arts that continue to this day. Illustrated throughout with artworks and photographs, Ancient Egyptian Myths is an engaging and highly informative exploration of a rich mythology that still fascinates today.

History & Mythology series

Format: 244 x 186 hb
Extent: 224pp
Word count: 53,000
Illustrations: 180 photos, maps and artworks
ISBN: 9781782749028

Catherine Chambers

Catherine Chambers is the General Editor of Treasures of Ancient Egypt and is the author of books on Ancient Egypt and other histories and mythologies for all ages. She has a degree in African History and Swahili from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Catherine was born in South Australia, educated in England and has lived in Northern Nigeria and southern... Read moreRead less

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