Temples of Ancient Egypt

Temples of Ancient Egypt

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Edited by Byron E. Shafer

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  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 244mm x 33mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 23 December 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Ithaca
  • ISBN 10: 0801433991
  • ISBN 13: 9780801433993
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 117, maps

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In Temples of Ancient Egypt, five distinguished scholars Dieter Arnold, Lanny Bell, Ragnhild Bjerre Finnestad, Gerhard Haeny, and Byron E. Shafer here summarize the state of current knowledge about ancient Egyptian temples and the rituals associated with their use. The first volume in English to survey the major types of Egyptian temples from the Old Kingdom to the Roman period, it offers a unique perspective on ritual and its cultural significance. The authors perceive temples as loci for the creative interplay of sacred space and sacred time. They regard as unacceptable the traditional division of the temples into the categories of "mortuary" and "divine," believing that their functions and symbolic representations were, at once, too varied and too intertwined.

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"This is an exciting book to read. The contributors are all scholars who have reached the peak of their interpretive and analytical powers; who know their material very well, and at first hand; and who have interesting, sometimes rather novel, ideas to communicate. Shafer's introductory essay is well researched and useful. Temples of Ancient Egypt is a valuable and important book." David O'Connor, New York University

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Five distinguished scholars here summarize the state of current knowledge about ancient Egyptian temples and the rituals associated with their use. The first volume in English to survey the major types of Egyptian temples from the Old Kingdom to the Roman period, it offers a unique perspective on ritual and its cultural significance. The authors perceive temples as loci for the creative interplay of sacred space and sacred time. They regard as unacceptable the traditional division of the temples into the categories of "mortuary" and "divine", believing that their functions and symbolic representations were, at once, too varied and too intertwined. Both informative to scholars and accessible to students, the book combines descriptions of specific temples with new insights into their development and purposes.