A comprehensive guide to the deities of ancient Egypt: their origins and their central role in the lives of the Egyptian people
Worshipped for over three-fifths of recorded history, Egypt’s gods and goddesses are among the most fascinating of human civilization. The lives of pharaohs and commoners alike were dominated by the need to honor, worship, and pacify the huge pantheon of deities, from the benevolent to the malevolent. The richness and complexity of their mythology is reflected in countless tributes throughout Egypt, from lavish tomb paintings and imposing temple reliefs to humble household shrines.
This book examines the evolution, worship, and eventual decline of the numerous gods and goddesses?from minor household figures such as Bes and Tawaret to the all-powerful deities Amun and Re?that made Egypt the most theocratic society of the ancient world, and made Egyptians, according to Herodotus, “more religious than any other people.”
Now available in paperback, with hundreds of illustrations and specially commissioned drawings, this title remains the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to the deities that lay at the heart of Egyptian religion and society.
About the Author
Richard H. Wilkinson is Regents’ Professor of Egyptian Archaeology Emeritus and Founding Director of the Egyptian Expedition at the University of Arizona.
'Destined to become a standard work of reference ... Sound state-of-the-art Egyptological learning combined with an imaginative layout and superb images has produced a book that will be difficult to match' - Egyptian Archaeology
'Will always be immediately turned to to answer questions about individual gods and to find illustrations of them' - Minerva
'Groundbreaking ... an excellent survey of ancient Egyptian religion and its associated history as well as a concise and well-organized catalogue of the deities ' - Reference Reviews
' Impressive ... truly encyclopaedic' - The Times Higher Education Supplement