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Egyptian Myth
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Egyptian myths articulated the core values of one of the longest lasting civilizations in history, and myths of deities such as Isis and Osiris influenced contemporary cultures and became part of the Western cultural heritage. Egyptian Mythology: A Very Short Introduction explains the cultural
and historical background to the fascinating and complex world of Egyptian myth, with each chapter dealing with a particular theme.
To show the variety of source material for Egyptian myth, each chapter features a particular object--such as the obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle, a golden statue of Tutankhamun, and a papyrus containing a story in which the Egyptian gods behave outrageously--which is illustrated by a photograph
or line-drawing. The myth "The Contendings of Horus and Seth" is looked at in detail, and the many interpretations it has provoked are examined. In addition to a list of major deities and myths, there are explanations of related topics such as how hieroglyphs work, royal names and titles, and the
Egyptian cosmos. There is also a timeline of Egyptian history, a glossary of technical terms and an up-to-date bibliography.
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Table of Contents

TIMELINE OF EGYPTIAN HISTORY; SUGGESTED FURTHER READING

About the Author

Geraldine Pinch has degrees in Egyptology from Oxford and Cambridge, and has given courses and seminars in Ancient Egyptian civilization and religion at both universities. She has served on the council of the Egypt Exploration Society and on the editorial board of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology. She is now on the editorial board of The Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions, and is the author of several books and articles on Egyptian myth, magic, and religion.

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a masterly, clear, and concise account of a complex subject * Dr Richard Parkinson, Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, British Museum *

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