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The Gods of the Egyptians, Volume 1

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Thoth, the ibis-headed god of wisdom, inventor of the art of writing; Osiris, the dead god who arose and set the pattern for death-and-resurrection gods ever since; Isis, the great mother, wandering through the reed swamps; Anubis, conductor of the dead, with jackal head; Bast, the cat goddess; Set, the evil serpent; Ptah, the living mummy … For more than 2,500 years, sinc ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published June 1st 1969 by Dover Publications (first published January 1st 1969)
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Shaun Appleby
Jan 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Although originally written in 1904 this work is a compelling overview of Egyptian mythology and theology which makes a logical historical starting point for the erudite student and an excellent general reference. This volume begins with an overview of the cultural and geographic factors influencing Egyptian religious practices then provides a thorough analysis of the major gods, their worship and their mythological significance. The author seems to convey the essential qualities of Egyptian bel ...more
Adam
Aug 31, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: truetales, revisit
Gonna be a long long time in readin', however, bes' lil bathroom book I've dug up in a good long while. Chex yer local lib. The amt o' time for loanage is solid for readin' n' not wearin' uv. Then pick it back a short bit later.

Best part!? Freakin' hieroglyphs in text! So that's way rad. Musta commissioned some bro to make a typeset for that. Man, back in the days was legit.
Scott
Aug 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: myth-and-legend
While this is certainly the "authority" on Egyptian studies, I felt that it was still a bit over my head, as though it was written solely for college professors and other scholars. There are more modern and less heavy books about Egyptian mythology that tell the same stories without overwhelming you word-wise.
Kay McCormick
Dec 19, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: egyptology
I enjoyed owning this book and I am anxious to replace it. It was my introduction to Egyptian Religion and Mythology, and kindled my interest in Ancient Egypt, Antiquity, and writing systems generally. Read this book and become the expert Egyptologist on your block, I guarantee it!
Lynn
Aug 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the study of Ancient Egypt
Great for any Egyptian library!
Peter J.
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent overview of the main actors in the ancient Egyptian faith. It is nice actually knowing what I am looking at in ancient vignettes now.
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Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge was an English Egyptologist, Orientalist, and philologist who worked for the British Museum and published numerous works on the ancient Near East.