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Product Details

  • Series: Egypt
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (October 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486411389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486411385
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert on November 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Don't get misled by the slim aspect of this book: it is a very good introduction - and, as the author himself said, more properly "an interpretation" - to ancient Egyptian religion. Very light to read and written in a simple language, it aims to provide a global overview of the beliefs and creeds of the dwellers on the Nile in times of the Pharaohs. For anyone interested in knowing more about this subject; for the learned, it is still a source for opening new-directed reseach.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By TheoGnostus VINE VOICE on September 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
Delving into Egyptian theology, the author shows how that view informed not only religious beliefs, but also Egyptian moral and political philosophy, government and society,... "one of the finest elucidations of these materials that we have anywhere." American Historical Review.

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Henri Frankfort published this pioneering study, interpreting ancient Egyptian religion in 1948, based on conclusion reached in his work on the subject which extended over many years.

This study is an enlarged version of lectures sponsored by the American Council of Learned societies, and were delivered at the universities of Chicago, Columbia, Oregon, Yale and other institutes and museums. In the book preface, after tracing the history of attempts to decipher the identity of Egyptian Religion, he summarizes the approach, methodology and conclusions that coherent Egyptian doctrines were rooted in a basic conviction of a stable changeless (essentially static) universe.

Study Approach:

The Egyptian gods: Cosmic gods and human Problems, Limitations of Religiosity,

The Egyptian State: State as Concept and Organization, Monarchy, Permanence in Maat,

The Egyptian way of Life: Absence of sin as a concept, and Significance of Tradition,

The Egyptian Hope: Preoccupation with death, in Cosmic circuit, Life is Eternal only by death,

Change & Permanence in literature and art: Myth in Folk tale, Absence of Drama

Henri Frankfort(d.1954):

The eminent American archaeologist, explorer and scholar, was professor of pre-classical antiquity at the University of London. He was born the Netherlands in 1897, became an American citizen in 1944.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Silverman on March 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
In general, I liked it. It was well researched, obviously, not overly reliant on footnotes (I've read some books where there's more text in footnotes than the actual prose), and fairly easy to read without getting into too much detail. I'ts a good mid-level book for those interested in ancient Egypt. Though, the only thing lacking (which is not the fault of the author or anyone), is that it's old (1948) and there are a lot better books out there because our technology has greatly improved over the past 60 years.

All in all, a short quick read (150 pages), which is well written in a non-academic way which keeps the pace light and fast.
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A very in-depth discussion of religious beliefs of ancient Egypt. At times it is hard to follow, but in general very illuminating and informative. Some of the information is outdated, so one needs to be careful about accepting everything as current information.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larry H. Burdoin on January 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
A worthwhile read from a very knowledgeable scholar. The religious views of the Egyptians impacted their entire life experiences.
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