Book of the Dead 39

Author: Joris F. Borghouts
Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag
ISBN: 3447052287
Release Date: 2007
Genre: History

Among the more than 200 known chapters of the Book of the Dead genre chapters 7 and 39 are entirely devoted to Apopis, the representative of darkness and chaos in Egyptian mythology. The present edition contains a translation of and extensive commentary on the text of the longer of the two, chapter 39, with a hieroglyphic transcription of six representative manuscripts from the 18th Dynasty down to the Ptolemaic period. Apopis, the rebel against cosmic order, is traditionally represented as a giant serpent and documented in a great number of cosmological and ritual texts of the Middle Kingdom and later. He is the ever-returning opponent of the sun god Re', trying to halt the course of the sun boat. His emerging from the chaos waters is especially feared at night. Although time and again the attack is repelled and Apopis driven back or bound and annihilated by the sun god's helpers, he always resurges and continues to be a threat to the cosmic balance. Precisely this is the theme of chapter 39, which is less a description of events than a violent vociferation on the part of gods and goddesses against the enemy. An attempt is made in the commentary to reconstruct the course of events.

Purity and the Forming of Religious Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean World and Ancient Judaism

Author: Christian Frevel
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004232105
Release Date: 2012-11-01
Genre: Religion

Focusing on concepts, practices and images associated with purity in the ancient Mediterranean, this volume contributes new aspects to the current discussion about the forming of religious traditions, from a comparative perspective that acknowldges individual developments, mutual exchanges, as well as transcultural processes.

Giza Mastabas VII

Author: Edward Brovarski
Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
ISBN: 0878467947
Release Date: 2000-12-31
Genre: Social Science

An account of the excavation of Senedjemib Inti (G2370), Khnumenti (G2374) and Senedjemib Mahi (G2378). Located at the northwest corner of the Great Pyramid, the Senedjemib Complex contains the well-known tombs of the Senedjemib Inti and his son Senedjemib Mehi, who served the kings Isesi and Unis respectively as viziers and overseers of royal works. Excavations in 1912-13 revealed that the two tombs formed part of a great complex of family tombs erected around a paved court, and that four generations of the Senedjemib family served as viziers of Egypt and royal architects over a hundred year period in the later old Kingdom. The tombs document changes in tomb architecture and decoration from the end of the fifth dynasty to the end of the sixth. Additionally they contain two lengthy autobiographical inscriptions.

Magika Hiera

Author: Christopher A. Faraone
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195354834
Release Date: 1997-02-13
Genre: History

This collection challenges the tendency among scholars of ancient Greece to see magical and religious ritual as mutually exclusive and to ignore "magical" practices in Greek religion. The contributors survey specific bodies of archaeological, epigraphical, and papyrological evidence for magical practices in the Greek world, and, in each case, determine whether the traditional dichotomy between magic and religion helps in any way to conceptualize the objective features of the evidence examined. Contributors include Christopher A. Faraone, J.H.M. Strubbe, H.S. Versnel, Roy Kotansky, John Scarborough, Samuel Eitrem, Fritz Graf, John J. Winkler, Hans Dieter Betz, and C.R. Phillips.

Ancient Egypt

Author: Douglas J. Brewer
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 0582772532
Release Date: 2005
Genre: History

Looks at the origins of Egyptian civilization, focusing on the connection between environment and culture, the birth of agricultural communities, and the rise of the nation state.

Prophets Lovers and Giraffes

Author: Orly Goldwasser
Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag
ISBN: 3447045906
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

The book's central proposition is that the prominent feature of the hiero-glyphic script which Egyptologists call "determinatives" makes up an elabo-rate system of classifiers. All items of the lexicon take motivated pictorial classifiers. By this device, the script reflects the map of knowledgeorganization of ancient Egyptian culture. The book aims to reveal the principles and constraints governing the codification of the ancient Egyptian universe in this system. There is, to date, no comprehensive study, either in Egyptology or in cognitive linguistics, of the hieroglyphic classifiers as a structured system. The present work attempts to fill the existing hiatus by bridging the disciplines of Egyptology and cognitive studies, using the tools of the latter to elucidate the former and thus perhaps arrive at new perspectives on both. From the Egyptological angle, the book deals with the ancient Egyptians' nomenclature for "items in the world" and the relationship between lexicon and the knowledge organization. However, the events occurring in the picture-script render cognitive processes visible to our inspection hundreds of years before they have ripened into the Egyptian language. This "visibility" bears directly on a number of crucial questions in cognitive linguistics and ethnobiology. The book also includes an introduction to the hieroglyphic script.

Egyptian Archaeology

Author: Willeke Wendrich
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444318306
Release Date: 2010-02-02
Genre: Social Science

Egyptian Archaeology explores ancient Egypt using a uniquely archaeological approach, drawing on original research to both synthesize and challenge existing scholarship. Written by leading Egyptologists, based on original research and fieldwork Illustrates how practical research is a vital component of any theory-based discussion about the ancient world Examines the cultural and historical processes of ancient Egypt from a global perspective Visually engaging with over 80 illustrations Chapters explore fundamental issues and themes, but focus on specific periods and key archaeological sites

Egypt and the Egyptians

Author: Douglas J. Brewer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521449847
Release Date: 1999-06-28
Genre: Social Science

The richness of more than 3000 years of Egyptian civilization comes alive in the pages of this book. From the geology of the land, the first cities, social structure, religion, mummification and burial practices, languages, temple and house architecture and art, Egypt and the Egyptians is a comprehensive treatment of ancient Egypt. The illustrations, many appearing here for the first time, and extensive quotes from ancient letters, hymns, funerary texts and law codes, enliven the text. The result is a rare combination of up-to-date Egyptological and anthropological research, giving the reader the most current and expansive examination of Egypt. It is written for students, and for the general reader interested in this ancient land and its people. The extensive bibliography, suggestions for further reading, and glossary, make this book an excellent resource for exploring any aspect of ancient Egypt.

Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated
ISBN: 0810965437
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Art

This book accompanies the 1999-2000 travelling exhibition, which assembled one the most extensive collections of Egyptian art and artefacts since the Tutankhamun exhibition in the late 1970s. Illustrations and essays bring this panopoly of Old Kingdom objects to life.