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“When most people think of the Book of the Dea…

“When most people think of the Book of the Dead, they think of the large, well illustrated papyrus scrolls such as the famous papyrus of Ani. However, the use of the modern title “Book of the Dead” is very misleading, as what we call the Book of the Dead is far more variable and complex set of texts. In fact, the Book of the Dead is not a “Book” in the modern sense of the term, neither in narrative concept nor in physical format. Modern books with their bound pages are descendants of the codex, a format in which a medium such as parchment or papyrus was folded and cut to produce facing pages. Groups of these pages were then gathered together and sewn through the folded edge to produce the book block. A cover of wood or leather would have been attached as a protective covering for the pages inside. The codex format became common in ancient Egypt only after the second century AD. Up until then, and for a time afterward, the primary format for “books” in ancient Egypt was the papyrus scroll.”

Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt, by Foy Scalf

“‘Egypt in the First Millennium BC’ is a colle…

“‘Egypt in the First Millennium BC’ is a collection of articles, most of which are based on the talks given at the conference of the same name organised by the team of the South Asasif Conservation Project (SACP), an Egyptian-American Mission working under the auspices of the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA), Egypt in Luxor in 2012. The organisers of the conference Elena Pischikova, Julia Budka, and Kenneth Griffin intended to bring together a group of speakers who would share the results of their recent field research in the tombs and temples of the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Dynasties in Thebes and other archaeological sites, as well as addressing a variety of issues relevant to different aspects of Egyptian monuments of this period.”

Thebes in the First Millennium BC: Art and Archaeology of the Kushite Period and Beyond (GHP Egyptology)

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“Man perishes; his corpse turns to dust; all…

“Man perishes; his corpse turns to dust; all his relatives pass away. But writings make him remembered in the mouth of the reader. A book is more effective than a well-built house or a tomb-chapel in the west, better than an established villa or a stela in the temple!”

— “Writings from Ancient Egypt”, by Toby Wilkinson

“The full and complete text of Beatrix Potte…

“The full and complete text of Beatrix Potter’s world-famous and universally loved Tale of Peter Rabbit faithfully translated and transcribed page for page into the hieroglyphic script of an Egyptian of the Middle Kingdom and illustrated with all the original colour artwork by the author herself. Based on the official centenary edition published in 2002, the translation combines the familiar face of the original with the British Museum’s world-renowned expertise and scholarship.”

― Tale of Peter Rabbit : The Hieroglyph Edition

“Male cats, sometimes armed with a knife, ap…

“Male cats, sometimes armed with a knife, appear as demons in the otherworld, helping to kill the serpent foe of the sun-god. More people worshipped a female cat, however, incorporating images connected with a fierce lioness-goddess, Sekhmet.”

100 Hieroglyphs: Think Like an Egyptian, by Barry Kemp

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“It is widely believed that the practice of ancient Egyptian religion ceased with the end of pharaonic culture and the rise of Christianity. However, an organised reconstruction and revival of the authentic practice of Egyptian, or Kemetic religion has been growing, almost undocumented, for nearly three decades. Profane Egyptologists is the first in-depth study of the now-global phenomenon of Kemeticism. Presenting key players in their own words, the book utilises extensive interviews to reveal a continuum of beliefs and practices spanning eight years of community growth. Profane Egyptologists is both an Egyptological study of Kemeticism, and a critical study of the discipline of Egyptology itself. It will be of value to scholars and students of archaeology and Egyptology, cultural heritage, religion online, phenomenology, epistemology, pagan studies and ethnography, as well as Kemetics and devotees of Egyptian culture.”

Profane Egyptologists: The Modern Revival of Ancient Egyptian Religion, by Paul Harrison

“Every temple was divided into zones of increa…

“Every temple was divided into zones of increasing sacredness. First were the temple approaches and the area within the compound’s enclosure – an area open to every Egyptian. Next came the pylon gateways and outer courts of the temple proper which were accessible to the priests and, on some occasions, to representatives of die populace. Finally there were the inner halls, which only the purified priests were allowed access to, and the sanctuary itself, which could be entered only by the king and by certain priests of the highest ranks. Beyond these areas central to every temple’s form and role, other ancillary elements were often also present administrative chambers, magazines and stores, sacred lakes, gardens, schools, libraries and areas dedicated to numerous other uses.”

― The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt, by Richard H. Wilkinson

“Chariots, the racing cars of the ancient worl…

“Chariots, the racing cars of the ancient world, first appeared in Egypt about 1600 BC, and quickly became not only the preferred mode of transport for royalty and the elite, but also revolutionised military tactics and warfare. Remains of chariots have been found in Egyptian tombs –Tutankhamun’s tomb contained six chariots, which tripled the number of ancient Egyptian chariots known before the discovery of his tomb. However, none of the chariots was complete, as all lacked their leather casings, which were only known from images on tomb and temple walls.

The Tano leather all came from a single chariot, including portions of the bow-case, the body’s casing and the horse housing. The leather is elaborately decorated in appliquéd green and red or beige leather. Parallels for some of these fragments are found in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung in Berlin, many of which, until their appearance in this volume, are unpublished. This includes the chariot leather from the tombs of Amenhotep II, III, Tutmose IV and Tutankhamun.

This book presents the Tano material with fully illustrated, detailed descriptions. Chariot related texts and technological analyses – together with detailed comparisons with other chariots and associated leather remains – help provide possible dates for it. The find is put into context with chapters on relevant hieroglyphic texts, and a study of representations of chariots that help identify the various parts, and highlight the role of the chariot in Egyptian religion, propaganda, and culture.”


Chariots in Ancient Egypt: The Tano Chariot, A Case Study, Edited by André J. Veldmeijer & Salima Ikram, with contributions by Ole Herslund, Lisa Sabbahy & Lucy Skinner

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Leaders of ancient civilizations. Book cover…

Leaders of ancient civilizations. Book cover of Hutchinson’s History of the Nations, pub. 1915

“Despite Seth’s widely known negative ch…

“Despite Seth’s widely known negative character traits, his worship continued until the Roman Period, and he maintained an important position in both personal religious piety and state ideology. It is likely that the Egyptians wanted to see in their king a combination of the attributes of both Horus and Seth. Thus Hatshepsut recorded upon her obelisk at Karnak Temple: ‘as I wear the White Crown, as I appear in the Red Crown, as Horus and Seth have united for me their two halves, as I ruled this land like the son of Isis [i.e. Horus], as I have become strong like the son of Nut [i.e. Seth]’. Strong and cunning go together.”

― Mummies, Magic and Medicine in Ancient Egypt: Multidisciplinary Essays for Rosalie David, by Campbell Price, Roger Forshaw, Andrew Chamberlain, Paul Nicholson

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