Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt

Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt


By (author) Salima Ikram


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  • Publisher: LONGMAN
  • Format: Paperback | 252 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 23mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Harlow
  • ISBN 10: 0582772168
  • ISBN 13: 9780582772168
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 491,346

Product description

In Ancient Egypt, how you died was just as important as how you lived. After all, your eternal existence was at stake. The rituals, coffins, plans, treasures, temples, tombs and spells that surrounded death were pervasive, detailed and profound. This book covers all aspects of death in ancient Egypt. Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs about death, after life, and resurrection are explained, with a section on the Egyptian funeral. The mummification process, with all the variations that took place in Egypt's three thousand year history, is also explored in detail. This is a complete source-book on death and burial in ancient Egypt.

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Author information

Professor Salima Ikram is Assistant Professor of Egyptology and American University in Cairo. She is the author of 'The Mummy in Ancient Egypt' (Thames and Hudson). She has curated and organised many special exhibitions including 'May He Live Forever', celebrating the 75th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb.

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For ancient Egyptians, death was part of the journey of life.The tombs, mortuary temples and mummies the Egyptians produced were a celebration of life and a means of continuing it for eternity."Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt "transports us to a different world, to reveal the religion and funerary beliefs of one of the world's greatest civilizations.