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Ancient Egyptian Religion: An Interpretation

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"[T]he author gives a well-integrated and thoughtful interpretation of Egyptian thought which endeavors to uncover the roots of Egyptian religion. It is at this point that Frankfort has made his great contribution." —Journal of Religion
Until the publication of this masterly study, Egyptian religion was thought by most scholars to be a nearly impenetrable jungle of weird
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 16th 2011 by Dover Publications (first published January 1st 1948)
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Mac
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Henri Frankfort's "Ancient Egyptian Religion: An Interpretation" is not a long book, but it has a lot to say. I recall hearing one of my college professors discuss how, when writing her book, she knew that she wanted another chapter but didn't know what she wanted to say in it. In the end she came up with a sort of half-baked theory and stuck it in there. Henri Frankfort, on the other hand, seems to have written this book only when he knew exactly what he wanted to say.

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Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Henri Frankfort's Ancient Egyptian Religion: An Interpretation was first published in 1948 and is a slim volume at 180 pages. The work assumes that the reader has some degree of familiarity with ancient Egyptian culture, history, and geography. I would not recommend it as an introduction to this topic. However, although in an academic vein, it is very readable and Frankfort does a good job of defending his thesis that the basis of ancient Egyptian religion is a belief in an unchanging universe. ...more
Julia Herdman
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting but out of date.
Maan Kawas
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great book about the religion of Ancient Egypt! I enjoyed it though it is not an easy read. The Ancient Egyptian civilization is so complex and filled with symbols and mysteries.
Joshua Silverman
I'm surprised that there are no reviews for this book. In general, I liked it. It was well researched, obviously, not overly reliant on footnotes (I've read some books where there's more text in footnotes than the actual prose), and fairly easy to read without getting into too much detail. I'ts a good mid-level book for those interested in ancient Egypt. Though, the only thing lacking (which is not the fault of the author or anyone), is that it's old (1948) and there are a lot better books out ...more
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