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« Topic Start: December 09, 2008, 02:42:24 am »

A book by Jan Assmann published in 2006. Has anyone read "Death and Salvation in AE"? I saw it on Amazon and was considering adding it to my Christmas list. If you've read it, what did you think of it? Is it worth the $40 price tag?
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« Reply #1: December 09, 2008, 07:27:37 pm »

A book by Jan Assmann published in 2006. Has anyone read "Death and Salvation in AE"? I saw it on Amazon and was considering adding it to my Christmas list. If you've read it, what did you think of it? Is it worth the $40 price tag?

It's on my wishlist.

Assmann is an interesting read in general, but his prose is neutronium.  If you have high tolerance for dry, pedantic German prose, go for it, he's a good source, but if dense academic stuff makes your eyeballs melt, don't. Wink
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« Reply #2: December 10, 2008, 02:20:35 am »

Assmann is an interesting read in general, but his prose is neutronium.  If you have high tolerance for dry, pedantic German prose, go for it, he's a good source, but if dense academic stuff makes your eyeballs melt, don't. Wink

A lot of them are like that, and I've heard that he's worse than most.  I'll admit I opted for Hornung's 'Conceptions of God in AE' and Meeks' 'Daily Life of the Egyptian Gods' in place of 'The Search for God in AE'. I guess this one caught my eye because I'm looking for some sense of 'in depth' Kemetic world view on death, dying, the soul, etc... I've considered getting my hands on a copy of 'Knowledge for the Afterlife" by Hornung and Abt instead, but I really haven't got a clue if either of them is what I'm looking for or if I'm barking up the wrong tree entirely.

Any other reasonably relevant alternatives come to mind?
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« Reply #3: December 10, 2008, 02:35:52 am »

Any other reasonably relevant alternatives come to mind?

If I'd finished writing the very silly book I'm working on at the moment, I'd pimp it here, but at the moment I'm still writing it!  And buried in relevant source materials, um.  Though a surprising lack of them are particularly relevant to the specific subject that you're interested in....

My to-acquire list for the project includes Knowledge for the Afterlife, Death and Salvation in AE, Society and Death in Ancient Egypt: Mortuary Landscapes of the Middle Kingdom, the Hornung book on the Amduat, and ... I can't find the rest of my notes right now. Sad
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