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Published in 1912, this concise work for non-specialists introduces the key aspects of ancient Egyptian religion. Renowned Egyptologist W. M. Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) gives due attention to the structures of ancient belief, such as ritual, priesthood and scripture, as well as the spread of Egyptian religion throughout the ancient world. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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W. M. Flinders Petrie, who excavated some 3000 graves in 1898-99, is regarded as the father of modern archaeology. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (June 4, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144005651X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440056512
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,070,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ronald E. Parsons on October 11, 2011
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Ancient Egyptian Religion is a massive subject best broached during one's youth. Its development, practices and decline took place over a span of at least 3000 years. Its gods were many. Their mythical areas of 'responsibility' evolved and changed over the millennia. The religion expired long enough ago for its language (expressed in hieroglyphics) to have been forgotten until early in the 19th century after the Rosetta stone was discovered. As a result of the above-stated there is much to be studied.

Author Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie was an early, self-taught Egyptologist whose investigations and writings spanned part of the 19th into the 20th century. His little book of 98 pp., <The Religion of Ancient Egypt>, was resurrected and reprinted by publisher <Forgotten Books>. My copy is dated Sept. 12, 2011.

This book by Petrie remains a fine, brief and well-written route into the study of Egyptian religion which constituted a major part of ancient Egyptian culture. I strongly recommend it to readers of any age who wish to look into the subject.
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I got the Kindle edition which is quite readable with a few typos/oddities (for example ThMth for the god normally given as Thoth). Not sure how they got there. Since this is from the turn of the last century, it is clearly not based on the most recent scholarship. Nevertheless, it is very interesting and he has some plausible theories of how some of these theologies came to be. He respects the fuzziness of myth and the vast time period involved. He sees the concepts as changing with place and the people who are in power, merging and blending over time. Language is definitely introductory with little jargon.

I'm not an expert in this area, but have done some reading in mythology. He had some ideas that made me think and see things in a new way. I liked his theory of how the animal and human forms related. I think this would be best for someone like me with some background in mythology looking at how our ideas about mythology developed. If you want an introductory text, I would get something more modern that reflects our advances in knowledge.
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I REALLY enjoyed this book. It is a wonderful introduction to Egyptian Religion. I always thought that the ancient Egyptians spent all of their lives dwelling on death. This book clearly tells us about a people who where very much alive and extremely interesting. I highly recommended this book. This book is really worth your time.
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Petrie is a giant figure in Egyptology - he was among the first to begin a serious, systematic study of pre-Roman Egypt. Because of this, _The Religion of Ancient Egypt_ is an attractive read (always helpful to get a sense of historiography) while very much showing its age. In reading it, one must keep in mind the scholarship is over 100 years old: it is no longer acceptable for scholars to refer to ancient beliefs as "barbaric," for example. Similarly, Petrie's theory that Egypitan cosmology originated as monotheism before expanding into polytheism seems quaint in light of more recent scholarship. (See Ancient Egyptain Religion or Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt.) Nonetheless, it is fascinating to see a discipline in its formative stages, as Petrie seeks to piece together not only a very complex cosmology (the Egyptian creation story, for example, has three stages of the universe's evolution before man is created), but also the rituals, details of the priesthood, and the nature of private worship.
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It's an older book on mythology. It's written in a tone that is condescending toward the people that created these myths and reduces the complexity of the Egyptian pantheon to 'Tribe A' worshiped 'god A' and allied with or was defeated by 'Tribe B' who worshiped 'god B'. It was free and I still regret the waste of time it represented.
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I liked this book very much. Loaded with facts, someone really did their homework here. The chapters were well divided, and contained some information that I had read previously in other books. Good factual back up. Gave credence to other information that was entirely new to me.
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Who would have guessed there were so many 'gods' for so many reason! A fascinating look at the religion of Ancient Egypt. A culture that has been around longer than any other culture in the world. Everything from animals to human emotions had a 'god' associated with it. From Ra to Seth, and every deity in between.
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I love to read about religion. Especially history of ancient religions. This book fit right in and was informational. I have a fascination for Egypt ans was happy with my purchases. Also quick shipping.
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