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The Cult of Ra: Sun-Worship in Ancient Egypt Hardcover – November 1, 2001


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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (November 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500051070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500051078
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,175,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Quirke is a curator at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London. He specializes in ancient Egyptian manuscripts, particularly of the Middle Kingdom, and has written widely on the subject.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Edward King on October 11, 2008
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An enlightening book on the royal temple cults of the divine and visible sun. Written in an academic style still accessible to lay-folk like me, it presents a very clear picture of how the ancient Egytians, worshipped the great sun-god Ra. Using the most recent Egyptological evidence, Quirke does a masterful job illustrating not only the outer political and religious significance of the cult, but also the Ancient's subjective view on these matters, e.g., the experience of Ra, the Pharaoh and the visable sun were one and the same, not symbololic of each other, but of one identity. My only significant criticism was the final chapter on Ankhenaten's revised royal cult. Although solar in nature, it was far enough removed from the old cult of Ra, a god among many divine powers, as to feel like a diversion and anti-climatic as a final chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tif on October 13, 2012
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This book is about Ra and his cult (true to the title!) Quirke takes you through Thebes and Iunu, talking about the different sources for Ra-related myths, hymns related to Ra and other forms of the sun god, and there's also a chapter on Akhenaten and Amarna that I found very enlightening.

I was hoping to read more about the actual cult practices themselves--or at least what we know about them. There was a little of that, but Quirke discussed more of the archaeology behind what we know of Ra's cults than the practices themselves. Still, the tidbits he did include were awesome; you get a feel for what must have been done in the temples over the centuries until the end of pharaonic Egypt.

If you're interested in ancient Egypt's solar theology, this is a great book to add to your collection. I would recommend getting it post haste, because the book is becoming rather hard to find.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David A. Hiles on July 2, 2008
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Excellent review of subject matter, details pertintent to subject. should be a read for all students of Egyptology
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