The Gods of EgyptHardback
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- Publisher: Cornell University Press
- Format: Hardback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 142mm x 218mm x 18mm | 340g
- Publication date: 28 June 2001
- Publication City/Country: Ithaca
- ISBN 10: 0801438349
- ISBN 13: 9780801438349
- Edition statement: English.
- Illustrations note: 23
- Sales rank: 1,377,936
The Gods of Egypt, first published in France in 1992 and now in its third French edition, is a short, elegant, and highly accessible survey of ancient Egyptian religion. The clarity and brevity of Claude Traunecker's book make it especially valuable to readers seeking an authoritative introduction to this complex topic. The Cornell edition, the first English translation, is enhanced by 23 illustrations. Traunecker begins with an overview of the source materials and a discussion of the historiography of Egyptian religion, a subject relatively neglected by scholars. He then describes the actual and metaphysical worlds inhabited by the Egyptian deities and the role that humans played in the Egyptian universe. Focusing especially on the diversity and number of approaches used by Egyptians to explain their world, The Gods of Egypt offers a succinct and highly readable presentation of recent interpretations of Egyptian religion.
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"Although aiming to elucidate the confusing profusion of Egyptian gods and goddesses for a general reader, the book offers much that will be useful to more advanced students and scholars. The author is an expert on the subject and presents both historical scholarship and new interpretations." Denise Doxy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Religious Studies Review, Vol.28, No.3, July 2002"