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    DescriptionMariam F. Ayad explores how five women were elevated to a position of supreme religious authority. Drawing on a variety of textual, iconographic, and archaeological evidence, and containing fifty-one black and white and colour illustrations, the volume discusses this often neglected subject, placing the women within the broader context of the politically volatile, turbulent seventh and eighth centuries BCE.

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    God's Wife, God's Servant
    The God's Wife of Amun (ca.740-525 BC)
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mariam F. Ayad
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 232
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    ISBN 13: 9780415411707
    ISBN 10: 041541170X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: HDD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07, 55
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS009000, HIS002030
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    BIC subject category V2: 3D
    BISAC V2.8: REL105000
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    DC22: 299/.31211, 299.31211
    LC classification: BL2450.A45 A93 2009
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    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
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    Thema V1.0: JBSF1, NKD
    Illustrations note
    2 black & white tables, 30 black & white halftones, 16 colour illustrations, 5 black & white line drawings
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    04 August 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    University of Memphis, USA
    Table of contents
    Part 1: The Historical Setting The God's Wife: Historical Development and Associated Titles. The Mythic Conception I: Atum and the Heliopolitan Creation Myth. The God's Wife Prior to the New Kingdom. The God's Wife During the New Kingdom. The Mythic Conception II: The King's Divine Conception. Egypt at the End of the New Kingdom. Egypt during the Libyan Period. The Nubians in Egypt. The Libyan and Nubian God's Wives of Amun. Egypt under Saite Rule. Nitocris Ankhnesneferibre, The Last God's Wife of Amun. Amun, Mut, and the "Throne Names" of the God's Wives Part 2: Rites and Rituals Entertaining the Gods. Playing Music: Shaking the Sistrum. The Sistrum, the Menat-necklace and Objects Sacred to Hathor. Provisioning the Gods: Offering to the Gods. Wine. Food. Cool Water/ Incense. "A Boon, Which the King Gives". Maat. Building Houses for the Gods/ Dedicating Shrines. Partnering with the King (I): Symmetrically Opposed Scenes. In Providing for the Gods. Rewarded by the Gods. Partnering with the King (II): "For God, King, and Country". In Protecting the Gods Rites of Protection at the Cenotaph. "Burning Fans". "Rites at Kom Djeme". Rejuvenating the Gods. The Elevation of the Test-support. Rites of Divine Reentrance. Other Rites of "Royal and Divine". "Driving Four Calves". "Striking Chests". Celebrating the Sed Festival Part 3: Venues to Legitimacy Assumption of the Priesthood. The Gradual Appropriation of Priestly Duties. The God's Wife and Initiation Rites. Purification Rites. Priestly Companions and Priestly Rank. Avenues to Legitimacy. Shepenwepet I. Suckling Scenes. Crowning Scenes. Amenirdis I. Shepenwepet II. Divine Marriage Iconography. Nitocris. Ankhnesneferibre. Adoption, Succession to Office, and Age at Appointment. Sexuality, Celibacy and the Sexual Role of the God's Wife. Celibacy Re-visited. The Egyptians' Attitude Towards Marriage and Sex. Contraceptives in Ancient Egypt. Prohibitions Against Sexual Activity in Ancient Egypt. The God's Wife Sexual Role & Her Association with Ithyphallic Gods. Epilogue. List of Abbreviations. Bibliography