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Author Topic: The Ancient Egyptian Books of the Afterlife - opinions?  (Read 3837 times)
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« Reply #3: July 30, 2009, 05:51:30 am »

Has anyone got any opinions on Erik Hornung's 'The Ancient Egyptian Books of the Afterlife'? I have his other book, the conceptions one, on order and am wondering whether to get this as well.

I'm particularly interested in three areas (ma'at/isfet, heka, and Djehuty), which don't sound particularly funerary, but then again funerary texts are sources for a lot of things so I don't want to be too hasty.

It's a very accessible summary of a lot of the texts, even some of the more "obscure" ones (which makes it rare amongst affordable, mass market books), and one interesting thing is that Hornung is also interested in the history of Egyptology itself, so he gives a brief introduction to  the modern histories of each text, it's re-discovery, recording and translation.

What this book isn't is a translation, or an investigation of their theology. It is a commentary and summary of the texts themselves, but it's a good way to get an overview, and I've found it useful.


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