Gods and Men in Egypt
3000 BCE to 395 CE
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Gods and Men in Egypt by Francoise Dunand
Book DescriptionIn their wide-ranging interpretation of the religion of ancient Egypt, Francoise Dunand and Christiane Zivie-Coche explore how, over a period of roughly 3500 years, the Egyptians conceptualized their relations with the gods. Drawing on the insights of anthropology, the authors discuss such topics as the identities, images, and functions of the gods; rituals and liturgies; personal forms of piety expressing humanity's need to establish a direct relation with the divine; and the afterlife, a central feature of Egyptian religion. That religion, the authors assert, was characterized by the remarkable continuity of its ritual practices and the ideas of which they were an expression.Throughout, Dunand and Zivie-Coche take advantage of the most recent archaeological discoveries and scholarship. Gods and Men in Egypt is unique in its coverage of Egyptian religious expression in the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. Written with nonspecialist readers in mind, it is largely concerned with the continuation of Egypt's traditional religion in these periods, but it also includes fascinating accounts of Judaism in Egypt and the appearance and spread of Christianity there.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801488535
(235mm x 156mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Francoise Dunand
Mummies and Death in Egypt, Hardback (October 2006)
"Today, a good century after the first X-rays of mummies, Egyptology has the benefit of all the methods and means at the disposal of forensic medicine. The 'mummy stories' we tell have changed their tone, but they have enjoyed much success, with...
Mummies, Paperback (October 1994)» View all books by Francoise Dunand
What did death mean to the ancient Egyptians and why did they want to preserve the appearance of life for all eternity? This book examines the mummies - the key to an amazing amount of information about life and death in the time of the pharoahs.
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Author Biography - Francoise Dunand
David Lorton, an Egyptologist, is the translator of many books, including Erik Hornung's books The Secret Lore of Egypt and Akhenaten and the Religion of Light, both from Cornell.
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