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The Death of Gods in Ancient Egypt Paperback – March 23, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1430317906 ISBN-10: 1430317906 Edition: Revised

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  • Paperback: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com; Revised edition (March 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430317906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430317906
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jane B. Sellers on March 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
As the author of Death of Gods I wish to protest the inclusion of quite a few titles that my book is said to have cited. I have long struggled against being associated with certain ideas, and although I do not know these books, they are certainly ones that I did not consult. They are: Egyptian Pyramids by E. Longley, The Aztecs by P. Ardagh, Ancient Egypt, by V. Parker, Ancient Egypt by Boase, The Middle Kingdom, by Williams, Ms. Frizzle' Adventures by Cole, Book of the Dead by Russell, Book of the Dead by Preston,and History of the World by Carter. A new edition of Death of Gods will soon be available in a new size (6X9)and a new price.The Death of Gods in Ancient Egypt
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dawn L Millsaps on January 27, 2004
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I imagine that everyone wonders at some point in their lives how things originated to the point we are at today. In the realm of ancient egyptian mythology, Jane Sellers has taken what others have called complex or obscure and has put forth a simple, easy to contemplate and highly researched theory. Pulling from several ancient sources including the Pyramid Texts, Coffin Texts and the Book of the Dead, among others, she equates the origins of their myths and beliefs with the observable effects of precession and total eclipses of the sun which would have been noticed by them in the same way that we notice these events today. She does not claim that they knew what precession was or what caused it but that they were aware of its observable effects and the changes in the sky that it caused. Surely, the myths and beliefs that developed were the ancient egyptian way of comprehending and understanding the world and skies around them and answering their own questions as to 'Who are we?', 'Where do we come from?', 'Why are we here?', and 'Is there life after death?' The path of the ancient egyptian, though it has been repaved many times, is the same path that we are on today in our quest for understanding the cosmos and our place within it. The point being that the theory Jane Sellers puts forth is very believable and very probable. The fact that the ancient egyptians did not have the technologies that we have today (e.g. television, computers, and all the other distractions) does not mean that their minds were inferior to ours. On the contrary, they had fewer distractions and more time to contemplate their surroundings. For all the details, if your looking to further understand the mind of the ancient egyptian, you must read this book. I for one, could in no way express Ms. Sellers theory in the way she so excellently does. An exceptional book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adam Ogden on April 28, 2007
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Bravo for this new edition of this book, first published by Penguin in 1992. The great change for this third edition is its size, which is a more manageable 6 X 9. I found Death of Gods not only of great interest to those who want a thoughtful and scholarly approach to the search for the origins of the ancient Egyptian belief system, but a groundbreaking testing of the premise that ancients had very early made believable progress in their attempt at understanding, and even measuring, all the movements of the heavens. As the author asks, "Is it possible to recover from the remote past an utterly lost science linked to an equally lost culture? Is it possible to recover a lost science of observation that given an unexplainable event, a drastic deviation from expectations, led to the myths that comprised the ancient religions, specifically that of the ancient Egyptians?"

As Sellers has quoted, "He that will have a cake out of the wheat must tarry the grinding," and to that end the author carefully and thoroughly explains, even for the most ignorant of readers, the astronomy that must be understood, (and I was grateful for that), but it is after that hurdle that the reading really gets interesting. Sellers' grasp of ancient myths from other ancient cultures is obvious, and no reader can doubt the author's familiarity with even the most obscure Egyptian texts. In addition, she has written that she spent long hours viewing and measuring the height of key "marker" stars when they became visible at their first rising after their seasonal absence in the desert skies of both Egypt and the Rub-al-Kahli.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Alan Rainey on June 30, 2005
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Jane Seller's earlier edition, which is sold through amazon's used book dealers network for almost $100 has an interesting review by the author herself, where she objects to certain out of context characterizations by Graham Hancock et al.

Be sure to check out that reveiw but order this book--its the revised edition
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It does not strain credibility to assert that the skies over the ancient world induced much to ancient civilizations. I agree with the author's premise, but this book needs a few more revisions to get it across. I read it expecting comprehensive investigation into the entire subject of astronomy and its effect on religion, particularly with respect to the planets which get only brief mention. If that's what you're looking for, seek elsewhere. It is also unacceptably edited, with rampant misspellings constantly distracting from the text.
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