Ancient Egyptian Myths

Gods and Pharaohs, Creation and the Afterlife

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Pub Date 20 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 6 Jun 2024

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The Great Sphinx of Giza, painted friezes in pyramid chambers, and symbolic paintings of the eye of Horus are familiar and breathtaking works of art. Yet behind them lies a deep cosmological tapestry in which the origins of the Earth and riches brought by the Nile flood are explained through deities. As pharaohs, kingdoms and dynasties rise and fall, so the roles of gods, goddesses and myths change, making Ancient Egypt’s mythology a fascinating journey that reflects shifting power, fortune and influence in the lives of Egyptians. Ancient Egyptian Myths takes a broad approach to the cosmology of Ancient Egypt, describing the function of myth to both the powerful and the powerless. It includes internal and external political and economic influences on the status of deities and their myths. The book examines iconography and texts that transported Egyptians from practical stories explaining the world around them to the mystery and magic that led them into the realm of the dead. It explains the roles of priests and the exclusiveness of temples. Finally, it reveals influences of Egypt’s myths on belief systems and the arts that continue to this day. Illustrated throughout with artworks and photographs, Ancient Egyptian Myths is an engaging and highly informative exploration of a rich mythology that still fascinates today.

The Great Sphinx of Giza, painted friezes in pyramid chambers, and symbolic paintings of the eye of Horus are familiar and breathtaking works of art. Yet behind them lies a deep cosmological tapestry...

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Ancient Egyptian Myths - Gods and Pharaohs, Creation and the Afterlife by Catherine Chambers is absolutely intriguing and a wonderful insight to the people, politics and power struggles of ancient Egypt

The book is enjoyable because it conveys a lot of fascinating details but in a conversational way that is engaging and immersive. it is not just a description of Egyptian history, it also explores how the distinctive Egyptian methods of recording history and lifestyles became enmeshed in mythology and spiritualism that endures to present times. Absolutely fascinating and highly recommended

Thank you to Netgalley, Amber Books Ltd | Amber Books and the author Catherine Chambers for this fascinating ARC. My review is left voluntarily and all opinions are my own

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Catherine Chambers' "Ancient Egyptian Myths" is a captivating and comprehensive exploration of the rich tapestry of ancient Egyptian mythology. This book delves into the intricate world of the Egyptian gods, pharaohs, and the beliefs surrounding creation and the afterlife.
Chambers' writing is both informative and engaging, guiding readers through the complex pantheon of deities and the intricate narratives that shaped the ancient Egyptian worldview. The author skillfully weaves together the various myths and legends, providing a cohesive and accessible overview of this fascinating civilization.
One of the book's strengths lies in its balanced approach, presenting both the well-known and the lesser-known myths with equal attention. From the creation of the world to the legendary exploits of the gods, Chambers covers a wide range of topics, offering readers a deep understanding of the cultural and religious significance of these stories.
The book's structure is particularly noteworthy, with each chapter dedicated to a specific aspect of Egyptian mythology, such as the creation myths, the pantheon of gods and goddesses, the role of the pharaohs, and the beliefs surrounding the afterlife. This organization allows readers to easily navigate the content and delve deeper into the areas that most interest them.
Chambers' attention to detail is commendable, as she provides vivid descriptions of the gods and their associated symbols, as well as the intricate rituals and beliefs that were central to ancient Egyptian culture. The book is further enhanced by the inclusion of stunning illustrations, which bring the myths to life and help readers visualize the fantastical elements of these stories.
Overall, "Ancient Egyptian Myths" is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the rich and captivating world of ancient Egyptian mythology. Catherine Chambers has crafted a comprehensive and engaging resource that will appeal to both casual readers and scholars alike

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