Observations on the Remains of Ancient Egyptian Grandeur and Superstition; As Connected with Those of Assyria

Observations on the Remains of Ancient Egyptian Grandeur and Superstition; As Connected with Those of Assyria : Forming the Appendix to Observations on the Ruins of Babylon

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1818 edition. Excerpt: ...an insect as the beetle, and the philosophical illustration deduced from it, would appear incredible to Plutarch de Iside, p. 102. t Long's Astronomy, vol. i. p. 180. us, did not the hieroglyphic delineations on the walls of their most venerated temples attest the fact. "At Ombos, (says Mr. Hamilton, ) were worshipped the crocodile and the Sun; or, more properly speaking, the Sun under the mysterious emblems of the crocodile and the beetle. This latter animal, with the ball or circle within its claws, is frequently represented on the most conspicuous parts of the building, and the former is generally seen couchant on an altar or table, receiving the adorations and offerings of his votaries." In one particular instance, this insect was considered by them as a marked emblem of their great solar deity, since the scarabaeus, during the summer half-year, continues to range at large the bright expanse of heaven, but during the six months of winter retreats to obscure subterraneous recesses; in this respect strikingly resembling that orb which passes six months in the superior, and as many in the inferior, hemisphere. How highly important, indeed, in the Egyptian mythology was the scarabaeus, is evident from their exalting it to the honours of the zodiac, where this animal occupies the place of Cancer, as may be observed by an inspection of M. Denon's and Major Hayes's delineations of that at Dendera. Horus-Apollo has given us an account of three sorts of Scarabaei cultivated in Egypt, one refulgent with golden wings, when the sun-beams played upon it, veluti radiis insignita, a brighter Hamilton's vEgyptiaca, p. 77. species of-cantlrarides, and therefore in a peculiar manner sacred to that luminary; the second, was monoceros, or one...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236925270
  • 9781236925275