Egypt - An Illustrated Reference To The Myths, Religions,
Pyramids and Temples Of The Land Of The Pharaohs - Lorna
Oaks & Lucia Gahlin
The allure of ancient Egypt has endured over many
centuries - and this comprehensive volume offers further
intriguing insights. It examines, in authoritative
detail, the main sites, temples and tombs and investigates
how mythology and religion underpinned this civilisation.
The first section of the book looks at the tombs
of ancient Egypt and devotes chapters to the most
famous ancient burial sites: Giza, Saqqara and the
Valley of the Kings, where the tomb of the boy-king
Tutankhamun was discovered.
The second section of the book investigates the temples,
from the impressive mortuary temples of the pharaohs,
such as Ramesses II, to the temples of the many gods
and goddesses of ancient Egypt.
The third section introduces us to the gods and goddesses,
their characters and identifying features, the myths
surrounding them, and their role in Creation. It then
discusses the pharaoh as the human embodiment of a
devine being and examines how the priests underpinned
the devine order.
The last section looks at the religious beliefs and
practices that accompanied the ancient Egyptians through
life and death. Elaborate funerary rituals, offerings,
festivals and superstitions reveal how far religion
influenced and enriched the lives of ordinary people.
With maps, chronologies and colour artworks supplementing
hundreds of full colour photographs, Ancient Egypt
captures the essence of this fascinating epoch.