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The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt


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Introduction * Egyptian Religion and the Gods * Chronology * Map I Rise and Fall of the Gods: Birth of the Gods * Rule of the Gods * Decline of the Gods II Nature of the Gods: Forms of the Divine * Manifestations of the Gods * Egypt and Monotheism III Worship of the Gods: Care of the Gods * Manifestations of the Gods * Popular Religion and Piety * Relationships with the Divine IV Kingship and the Gods: Between Gods and Men * Deceased and Divine * Kingship Among the Gods V The Catalogue of Deities: Many Faces of the Divine * Groups and Deities * Male Anthropomorphic Deities * Female Anthropomorphic Deities * Mammalian Deities * Avian Deities * Reptile, Amphibian and Fish Deities * Invertebrate and Insect Deities * Inanimate Object Deities Epilogue: A Lasting Legacy * Further Reading * Sources of Quotations * Illustrations Credits * Acknowledgments * Index

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A fully illustrated and systematic survey of the mythology, iconography and worship of the mysterious and awe-inspiring deities that dominated Egyptian religion from early pharaonic times to the Roman period.

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Richard H. Wilkinson is an archaeologist in the field of Egyptology. He is Regents Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona and founding director of the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition.


'Destined to become a standard work of reference ... Sound state-of-the-art Egyptological learning combined with an imaginative layout and superb images has produced a book that will be difficult to match' - Egyptian Archaeology
'Will always be immediately turned to to answer questions about individual gods and to find illustrations of them' - Minerva
'Groundbreaking ... an excellent survey of ancient Egyptian religion and its associated history as well as a concise and well-organized catalogue of the deities ' - Reference Reviews
' Impressive ... truly encyclopaedic' - The Times Higher Education Supplement

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