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Hieroglyphs and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Hardcover – 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: British Museum Press; First Edition edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714109959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714109954
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,479,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book written by Dr. Quirke (Egyptian Curator at the British Museum, London) and illustrated by Mr. Forman (Photographer) is most recommendable. With a clear and concise style, the former introduces to us the historical evolution of the traditional religious literature of Ancient Egypt, i.e., the Pyramid Texts, Coffin Texts and Book of the Dead, not only focusing on the "historical" process but also in the evolution of the contents and the mental horizon expressed therein. There are excellent editions and translations of all of the aforesaid "Egyptian books", but very few in which the connection between the three of them can be traced so neatly as in this one. The superb color plates of the second co-author are an actual mine of visual information on monuments for which much has been written but less has been shown. Most recommended for students of ancient Egyptian religion and writing!!
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This is probably the best introduction to ancient Egyptian funerary texts. Organized chronologically, it clearly explains how the texts developed over nearly 3,000 years. It's a bit of a shame that I came across the book after reading many more in-depth, less user-friendly books on the subject. The book promotes its photographs, which are excellent, but what I appreciate most is that it describes in some detail how funerary texts evolved and interacted with one another. It says things that I had only suspected before, like how funerary texts were oddly scarce during the Second Intermediate and late Third Intermediate Periods, or how late copies of the Book of the Dead included illustrations taken from the underworld books.

If you're interested in the funerary texts, get this book first. If you want more depth after that, get Erik Hornung's Ancient Egyptian Books of the Afterlife, at least if you're interested in the New Kingdom underworld books, or Journey Through the Afterlife, if you're interested in the Book of the Dead. Only then should you be looking for translations of the individual texts, which are tough to understand even when you know the context.
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