The Cult of Ra: Sun-worship in Ancient Egypt from the Pyramids to Cleopatra

The Cult of Ra: Sun-worship in Ancient Egypt from the Pyramids to Cleopatra


By (author) Stephen Quirke

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 173mm x 241mm x 28mm | 800g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500051070
  • ISBN 13: 9780500051078
  • Sales rank: 1,360,605

Product description

This text draws together Egyptological advances in our understanding of the cult of Ra, from the 3rd Millennium BC to the Roman conquest of Egypt and the rise of Christianity. It explores Egyptian sources for the character of Ra, his pivotal role in creation, and the way in which Egyptians expressed the world as physical matter unfurling from the sun. The core of the book focuses on on the epicentre of the cult: the temple of Ra at Iunu.

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Author information

Stephen Quirke is a curator at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London. He specializes in ancient Egyptian manuscripts, particularly of the Middle Kingdom, and has written widely on the subject.

Table of contents

Introduction: Cosmic Kingship I. The Mythology of Ra II. The Sun Cult and the Measurement of Time III. Iunu - Lost City of Ra IV. Solar Spires - Pyramids and Obelisks V. The Exclusive Son - Akhenaten Epilogue