The Priests of Ancient Egypt: New Edition

The Priests of Ancient Egypt New Edition The gods were everywhere in Ancient Egypt Represented by statues bas reliefs and funerary paintings they even walked among the Egyptians in the person of Pharaoh considered to be a living god son

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  • Title: The Priests of Ancient Egypt: New Edition
  • Author: Serge Sauneron David Lorton Jean-Pierre Corteggiani
  • ISBN: 9780801486548
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • The gods were everywhere in Ancient Egypt Represented by statues, bas reliefs, and funerary paintings, they even walked among the Egyptians in the person of Pharaoh, considered to be a living god, son of the divine Ra What better way to understand that distant culture than by becoming familiar with the people who served those gods Using as his sources the Egyptian textsThe gods were everywhere in Ancient Egypt Represented by statues, bas reliefs, and funerary paintings, they even walked among the Egyptians in the person of Pharaoh, considered to be a living god, son of the divine Ra What better way to understand that distant culture than by becoming familiar with the people who served those gods Using as his sources the Egyptian texts and the testimony of classical authors, Serge Sauneron illuminates the role of the priesthood in Ancient Egypt.He recreates the system of thought of one of the great civilizations of antiquity, addressing such topics as priestly functions, the world of the temples, holy festivals, tombs, and pyramids Sauneron describes the ceremonies of daily worship, considered vital in preventing the world s descent into chaos He takes us deep into the sacred precincts of the temples home to the divine statues in which a part of the god was believed to dwell One of the duties of the priests was to maintain these sacred effigies, to nourish, clothe, and protect them from attacks by evil spirits This edition of The Priests of Ancient Egypt, an augmented version of the 1957 classic, was published in France in 1988, and has been translated authoritatively by David Lorton.

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    1. Book Review: The Priests of Ancient Egypt: New Edition by Serge Sauneron, David Lorton, Jean-Pierre CorteggianiThis is one of the few books which emphasizes the duties of the priests and their functions in the entire sphere of ancient Egyptian religion. While most books on ancient Egyptian religion discuss the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses and their roles in the mythologies of the ancient culture, Sauneron (I keep thinking of Sauron the White from Lord of the Rings when I read his name), i [...]

    2. Excellent book. This book covers most all aspects of the life of the clergy in Ancient Egypt. Truly informative and enjoyable.

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