Hornung, Erik Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: The One and the Many
Cornell University Press 1996 0801483840 / 9780801483844 Paperback Very Good
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Osiris, Horus, Isis, Thoth, Anubis - the many strange and compelling figure s of the Egyptian gods and goddesses seem to possess endless fascination. T he renowned Egyptologist Erik Hornung here studies the ancient Egyptians' c onceptions of god, basing his account on a thorough reappraisal of the prim ary sources. His book, now available in English for the first time, is the most extensive exploration yet undertaken of the nature of Egyptian religio n. Hornung examines the characteristics, spheres of action, and significance o f Egyptian gods and goddesses, analyzing the complex and changing iconograp hy used to represent them, and disentangling the many seemingly contradicto ry aspects of the religion of which they are a part. He seeks to answer two basic questions: How did the Egyptians themselves see their gods? Did they believe there was an impersonal, anonymous force behind the multiplicity o f their deities? Throughout, he attempts to evoke the complexity and richne ss of the religion of the ancient Egyptians and of their worldview, which d iffers so greatly from our own. A work of extraordinary distinction, Hornung's book will appeal to anyone interested in ancient Egypt, in ancient religion, and in the history of religion, as well as students and scholars of ancient history, anthropology, and archaeology. Sensitively translated by John Baines and with a new preface by the author, this edition has been amplified and updated with an English-language audience in mind.