Temples of Ancient Egypt

Temples of Ancient Egypt


Edited by Byron E. Shafer

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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 233mm x 25mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 27 May 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1850439451
  • ISBN 13: 9781850439455
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 110 illustrations, colour photos
  • Sales rank: 392,943

Product description

A comprehensive survey of ancient Egyptian temples and rituals associated with their use. Shafer - a renowned Egyptologist - covers the entire pharaonic era, from the Old Kingdom to the Roman period, and challenges the idea that temples were either 'mortuary' or 'divine', showing instead that their functions were varied. The book demonstrates the huge importance of the temple in religious, political and economic matters throughout Egyptian history, and has rapidly established itself as essential reading for all concerned with the study of ancient Egypt.

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Author information

Byron E. Shafer is a renowned Egyptologist and the editor of Religion in Ancient Egypt: Gods, Myths and Personal Practice

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"Antiquity Magazine: "New books occasionally appear which cause genuine excitement amongst their target audience...and the Shafer volume has already become required reading at my own and other Universities." (Susanna Thomas); Art Book Survey: "An important survey of ancient Egyptian temples and the rituals associated with their use from the Pharaonic era to the Roman period."; Egyptian Archaelogy Journal: "Perceptive interpretations and refreshing new evaluations are the hallmarks of Temples of Ancient Egypt. This book should be essential reading for anyone eager to study current views on Egyptian religion." (George Hart); History Today: "...a series of well-documented essays." (John Ray)"