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Reflections of Osiris: Lives from Ancient Egypt Hardcover – September 19, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0195158717 ISBN-10: 0195158717 Edition: 1st
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By means of a dozen mini-biographies, this Egyptologist lends a fascinatingly vivifying touch to pharaonic civilization. So fragmentary are its records and ruins that it would seem impossible to glimpse the persons behind the pharaohs' glory-be-to-me monumentalism, but Ray more than meets the challenge. One approach he takes is to map out a monarch's political considerations, which inherently involved the Egyptian pantheon. Not only did a ruler depend on divine sanction, he needed to be divine himself. Ray plausibly conjectures on this cultural necessity, which was especially important when the would-be pharaoh flouted tradition, as Hatshepsut, a rare female pharaoh, did in about 1473 B.C.E. Immersing the reader in this theological element of ancient Egypt, Ray displays its influence not just on the god-kings but on ordinary people. By extraordinary flukes, there are surviving letters by a farmer, a temple scribe, and a temple hermit, whom Ray portrays with psychological resonance, especially aided by the latter's recording of his dreams about a friend's twin daughters. A writer with a wry streak, Ray provides an exciting introduction to Egyptology. Gilbert Taylor
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"A writer with a wry streak, Ray provides an exciting introduction to Egyptology.... By means of a dozen mini-biographies, this Egyptologist lends a fascinatingly vivifying touch to pharaonic civilization. So fragmentary are its records and ruins that it would seem impossible to glimpse the persons behind the pharaohs' glory-be-to-me monumentalism, but Ray more than meets the challenge."--Booklist


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195158717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195158717
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.8 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,335,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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