The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Richard H. Wilkinson

The gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt are among the most fascinating of human civilization. The lives of pharaohs and commoners alike were dominated

English edition
256 pp.
340 illus. incl. 130 color
19X25.5cm
ISBN 9789774249532
For sale only in the Middle East

$29.95

The gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt are among the most fascinating of human civilization. The lives of pharaohs and commoners alike were dominated by the need to honor, worship, and pacify the huge pantheon of deities, whose surpassing richness and complexity is reflected in countless tributes throughout Egypt. This book examines the evolution, worship, and eventual decline of the gods and goddesses—from minor figures such as Bes and Taweret to the all-powerful deities Amun and Re—that made Egypt the most completely theocratic society of the ancient world, and made Egyptians, according to Herodotus, ‘more religious than any other people.’ The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt is richly illustrated and includes specially commissioned drawings that show everything from lavish tomb paintings and imposing temple reliefs to statues of the gods themselves, while the unique thematic organization of the deities into their major groupings allows for easy cross-referencing and comparison.

Richard H. Wilkinson

Richard H. Wilkinson is director of the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition and has been engaged in excavation and research in Egypt for many years. He is the author of a number of books, including (with Nicholas Reeves) The Complete Valley of the Kings (AUC Press, 1996) and The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt (AUC Press, 2003).
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