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The Priests of Ancient Egypt: New Edition Hardcover – May 25, 2000

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"Lorton's new translation fills a substantial need for students of Egyptian religion. The book is aimed at non-specialists as well as students and is written in a highly accessible style."―Denise M. Doxey, Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Religious Studies Review, Vol. 27, No. 3, July 2001

"This 1957 classic originally written in French is finally made available in English, thanks to David Lorton's excellent translation. Widely illustrated in black and white, this book should be recommended reading for everyone."―Frankie's Bibliography of Ancient Egypt. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr (May 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801436850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801436857
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,468,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had been studying ancient Egypt for over 20 years before I read Sauneron's book, and I was amazed at how little I knew about the day-to-day lives of the priests who stood near the very center of Egyptian society. The book is well-written, nicely illustrated, and easily read, mixing technical titles for the various types of priests with personal vignettes describing their lives and how their roles as priests affected and were affected thereby. I truly hope that this goes back into print, but will some future publisher PUH-LEEZE include an index and some maps?! It was difficult for me, a specialist, to track down specific bits of data, so it must surely be very hard on those who don't have a whole library of books like this at their disposal. On the plus side, however, thumbing through the book to find a particular passage can lead one down some very interesting by-ways which might otherwise be overlooked by over-particularism.
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Religion, an essential key to understanding the pharaonic civilisation, tells of the importance of learning about the Ancient Egyptian priests. In this book the author informs the readers about the priestly profession, the necessity of temples, the religious texts priests had to know, the belief in magic, the gods and the clergy. Aimed at the general public, this 1957 classic originally written in French is finally made available in English, thanks to David Lorton's excellent translation. Widely illustrated in black and white, this book should be recommended reading for everyone.
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This is not dry reading. The author (or the translator or both) have a droll sense of what people are really like and his descriptions of 'evil-doers' in the priesthood are a riot. In so expressing himself with these observations of human foibles, he manages to make history come alive and his subject suddenly 'more human' thereby.
A reccomended read for any student of ancient Egypt, Phd or not. This book deserves a place on every egyptophiles bookshelf.
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Sauneron's book is a classic for a good reason: it's filled with interesting, well-written information. The work isn't dull and dry, like some scholarly books can be.

I really loved how Sauneron took a balanced view of the priests. He neither glorified nor villified them, but rather laid out the information in an impartial way.

My only complaint is the book's materials are of. . . less-than-great quality. I've had this book for only two weeks and already the covers are beginning to split at the corners. It doesn't affect the readability, but it sure does affect the book's portability! I don't want to carry it around when in this condition, lest I damage it even more.

Still, five stars. Definitely worth your time.
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