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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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Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/8/2004
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.75" long x 0.30" tall
|List of illustrations|
|The myth of Egypt: imagined Egypts|
|Divine words: language and myth|
|The gods themselves: deities and myth|
|The beautiful moment: creation myths|
|Black Land, Red Land: the landscapes of myth|
|Lord of the Two Lands: myths of nationhood|
|The big fight: conflict and reconciliation|
|The eyes of heaven: pairs and sequences|
|Personal myths: myth and popular religion|
|The blessing of the mummy: the mythology of death|