The Development Of Royal Funerary Cult At Abydos


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Two of the most characteristic aspects of ancient Egyptian culture - kingship and a great attention to death - were present from a very early age. The first kings to rule all of Egypt came to power in approximately 3000 B.C., and the same kings were the first to have monumental tombs and funerary temples built. These early royal mortuary temples in particular are quite enigmatic, but the recent discovery of two previously unknown monuments at the site of Abydos is shedding new light on their development and use. Most surprisingly these temples are from the same reign, suggesting that members of the royal family in addition to the king might have received funerary cult in the early First Dynasty. This study documents the excavation of these two temples, their provision for the dedication of offerings, and the sacrificial burials that surrounded them. It sets these monuments within the framework of the rise of Egyptian kingship and cult, examining both continuities and innovations in royal mortuary practice during this formative period of Egyptian civilization.

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Author by Laurel Bestock
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number 3447058382

Following Osiris


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Osiris, god of the dead, was one of ancient Egypt's most important deities. The earliest secure evidence for belief in him dates back to the fifth dynasty (c.2494-2345BC), but he continued to be worshipped until the fifth century AD. Following Osiris is concerned with ancient Egyptian conceptions of the relationship between Osiris and the deceased, or what might be called the Osirian afterlife, asking what the nature of this relationship was and what the prerequisites were for enjoying its benefits. It does not seek to provide a continuous or comprehensive account of Egyptian ideas on this subject, but rather focuses on five distinct periods in their development, spread over four millennia. The periods in question are ones in which significant changes in Egyptian ideas about Osiris and the dead are known to have occurred or where it has been argued that they did, as Egyptian aspirations for the Osirian afterlife took time to coalesce and reach their fullest form of expression. An important aim of the book is to investigate when and why such changes happened, treating religious belief as a dynamic rather than a static phenomenon and tracing the key stages in the development of these aspirations, from their origin to their demise, while illustrating how they are reflected in the textual and archaeological records. In doing so, it opens up broader issues for exploration and draws meaningful cross-cultural comparisons to ask, for instance, how different societies regard death and the dead, why people convert from one religion to another, and why they abandon belief in a god or gods altogether.

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Author by Mark Smith
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number 9780191089763

Zeichen Aus Dem Sand


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Anlasslich des 65. Geburtstages von Gunter Dreyer, dem langjahrigen Ersten Direktor des Deutschen Archaologischen Institutes Abteilung Kairo und Leiter der Grabungen in Abydos/Umm el-Qaab und Elephantine, erscheinen Zeichen aus dem Sand - Streifl ichter aus Agyptens Geschichte zu Ehren von Gunter Dreyer. In 43 Beitragen von 48 international fuhrenden Autoren werden agyptologische Fragestellungen aus der Zeitspanne zwischen dem 4. Jahrtausend v. Chr. bis zum 1. Jahrtausend n. Chr. erortert. Die dabei auftretende Themenvielfalt reicht von archaologischen und kunstgeschichtlichen Studien uber anthropologische und zooarchaologische Untersuchungen bis zu philologischen und kulturwissenschaftlichen Analysen. Dem Hauptarbeitsgebiet des Jubilars entsprechend liegt ein Schwerpunkt in der pra- und fruhdynastischen Epoche. Somit gibt der Band nicht nur ein breites Spektrum der aktuellen agyptologischen Forschung wieder, sondern fuhrt in exemplarischer Weise neueste Tendenzen der agyptischen Vor- und Fruhgeschichtsforschung vor Augen.

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Author by Evamaria Engel
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number 3447058161

An Introduction To The Archaeology Of Ancient Egypt


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This student-friendly introduction to the archaeology of ancient Egypt guides readers from the Paleolithic to the Greco-Roman periods, and has now been updated to include recent discoveries and new illustrations. • Superbly illustrated with photographs, maps, and site plans, with additional illustrations in this new edition • Organized into 11 chapters, covering: the history of Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology; prehistoric and pharaonic chronology and the ancient Egyptian language; geography, resources, and environment; and seven chapters organized chronologically and devoted to specific archaeological sites and evidence • Includes sections on salient topics such as the constructing the Great Pyramid at Giza and the process of mummification

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Author by Kathryn A. Bard
Genre eBook Social Science
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ISBN Number 9781118896112

Arch O Nil


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Genre eBook Nile River Valley
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ISBN Number UOM:39015081573878

Dissertation Abstracts International


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ISBN Number STANFORD:36105131550332

Ancient Egyptian Tombs


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This book explores the development of tombs as a cultural phenomenon in ancient Egypt and examines what tombs reveal about ancient Egyptian culture and Egyptians’ belief in the afterlife. Investigates the roles of tombs in the development of funerary practices Draws on a range of data, including architecture, artifacts and texts Discusses tombs within the context of everyday life in Ancient Egypt Stresses the importance of the tomb as an eternal expression of the self

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Author by Steven Snape
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number 1444393731

Early Dynastic Egypt


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Early Dynastic Egypt spans the five centuries preceding the construction of the Great Pyramid at Giza. This was the formative period of ancient Egyptian civilization, and it witnessed the creation of a distinctive culture that was to endure for 3,000 years. This book examines the background to that great achievement, the mechanisms by which it was accomplished, and the character of life in the Nile valley during the first 500 years of Pharaonic rule. The results of over thirty years of international scholarship and excavation are presented in a single highly illustrated volume. It traces the re-discovery of Early Dynastic Egypt, explains how the dynasties established themselves in government and concludes by examining the impact of the early state on individual communities and regions.

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Author by Toby A.H. Wilkinson
Genre eBook Social Science
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ISBN Number 9781134664207

Graduate Programs In Art History


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Graduate Programs in Art History is an indispensable, comprehensive guide to schools that offer a Master's, doctoral, or related degree in art studies, including history of art and architecture, visual studies, museum and curatorial studies, arts administration, and library science. Compiled by the College Art Association, this easy-to-use directory includes over 260 schools and English-language academic programs in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and elsewhere worldwide. Listings provide descriptions of special courses; numbers, names, and specializations of faculty; facilities such as libraries and labs; student opportunities for research and work; information on financial aid, fellowships, and assistantships; application requirements; and details on housing, health insurance, and other practical matters. An index lists schools alphabetically and by state and country for quick reference. An introductory essay provides a detailed description of the elements of a program entry, including explanations of the various kinds of programs and degrees offered, placing the search and selection process in context. This is the third edition of this directory published by CAA.

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Author by Alexandra Gershuny
Genre eBook Art
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ISBN Number UOM:39015079330232

Journal Of The American Research Center In Egypt


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Author by American Research Center in Egypt
Genre eBook Egypt
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ISBN Number STANFORD:36105132148458