Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) Geraldine Pinch

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 168mm x 12mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 8 July 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192803468
  • ISBN 13: 9780192803467
  • Illustrations note: numerous halftones, line drawings and text boxes
  • Sales rank: 260,537

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The complex world of Egyptian myth is clearly illuminated in this fascinating new approach to ancient Egypt. Geraldine Pinch explores the cultural and historical background behind a wide variety of sources and objects, from Cleopatra's Needle and Tutankhamun's golden statue, to a story on papyrus of the gods misbehaving. What did they mean, and how have they been interpreted? The reader is taken on an exciting journey through the distant past, and shown how myths of deities such as Isis and Osiris influenced contemporary culture and have become part of our cultural heritage. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Author information

Geraldine Pinch has degrees in Egyptology from Oxford and Cambridge, and has given courses and seminars in Ancient Egyptian civilization and religion at both universities. She has served on the council of the Egypt Exploration Society and on the editorial board of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology. She is now on the editorial board of The Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions, and is the author of several books and articles on Egyptian myth, magic, and religion.

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a masterly, clear, and concise account of a complex subject Dr Richard Parkinson, Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, British Museum

Table of contents

1. The Myth of Egypt (Imagined Egypts) ; Key object - Cleopatra's Needle ; 2. Words of the gods (Myth and Language) ; Key object - The Metternich Stela ; 3. Millions of Gods (Deities and Myth) ; Key object - Statue of King Amenhotep III with Sobek-Ra ; 4. The Beautiful Moment (Creation Myths) ; Key object - The Shabaqo Stone ; 5. Everything Which the Sun Encircles (The Landscape of Egyptian Myth) ; Key object - Coffin painted with underworld map ; 6. Lord of the Two Lands ; Key object - Statuette of Tutankhamum as Horus the Hunter ; 7. The Big Fight (Conflict and Reconciliation) ; Key object - Papyrus Chester Beatty I ; 8. The Cosmic Eye (Myth and Symbolism) ; Key object - 'Sacred eye' Amulet ; 9. Personal Myths (Myth and Popular Religion) ; Key object - Ivory 'Magic Wand' ; 10. The Return of the Mummy ; Key object - Corn Mummy ; TIMELINE OF EGYPTIAN HISTORY ; SUGGESTED FURTHER READING