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Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

Very Short Introductions

By (author) Geraldine Pinch
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 22nd Apr 2004
Dimensions: w 113mm h 175mm d 10mm
Weight: 137g
ISBN-10: 0192803468
ISBN-13: 9780192803467
Barcode No: 9780192803467
Synopsis
The complex world of Egyptian myth is clearly illuminated in this fascinating new approach to ancient Egypt. Geraldine Pinch explores the cultural and historical background behind a wide variety of sources and objects, from Cleopatra's Needle and Tutankhamun's golden statue, to a story on papyrus of the gods misbehaving. What did they mean, and how have they been interpreted? The reader is taken on an exciting journey through the distant past, and shown how myths of deities such as Isis and Osiris influenced contemporary culture and have become part of our cultural heritage. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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a masterly, clear, and concise account of a complex subject * Dr Richard Parkinson, Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, British Museum *