Temple of the World: Sanctuaries, Cults, and Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

Temple of the World: Sanctuaries, Cults, and Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

by Miroslav Verner


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Despite the prominence of ancient temples in the landscape of Egypt, books about them are surprisingly rare. This new and essential publication from a prominent Czech scholar answers the need for a study that goes beyond temple architecture to examine the spiritual, economic, and political aspects of these institutions and the dominant roles they played.
Miroslav Verner presents a deeper and more complex study of major ancient Egyptian religious centers, their principal temples, their rise and decline, their religious doctrines, cults, rituals, feasts, and mysteries. Also discussed are the various categories of priests, the organization of the priesthood, and its daily services and customs. Each chapter offers the reader essential and up-to-date information about temple complexes and the history of their archaeological exploration, in the context of the spiritual dimension and cultural legacy of ancient Egypt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789774165634
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 06/03/2013
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 925,256
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Miroslav Verner is an Egyptologist, archaeologist, and epigrapher who has been working in archaeological excavation and research in Egypt since 1964, and has published thirteen academic monographs, mainly in foreign languages, and over a hundred and twenty academic articles. For many years he has contributed to popularizing Egyptology not only through articles and books (including Abusir: Realm of Osiris, AUC Press 2002), but also in television programs and documentary films. He is currently directing the Czech archaeological excavations in Abusir.

Anna Bryson-Gustová, who has a BA and DPhil in history from Oxford University, has lived in the Czech Republic for twenty years. She is a writer, editor, and translator in the field of history and culture.

Table of Contents

I. The Temple of the World
Abode of the God
Doing the Things
The Main Rituals
Servants of the God
The Domain of the god

First Excursus. Ordinary Days and Feast Days
The Calendar
Feasts of the Heaven
Feasts of the Season

II. Heliopolis. The City of the Sun
The Puzzle of the Lost Temples
Sun Temples
The Primordial Mound and the Ennead (Nine Gods)

III. Memphis. The White Wall
Ptah: Idea, Word, World
The Monument of the Memphite Theology
The Bull Hapi
The Serapeum
Cults of Animals

IV. Hermopolis. The City of the Eight
The Hermopolitan Ogdoad
Thoth and his Way
Hermes Trismegistus
Antinoos - Tragedy and Glory

V. The Kingdom of Amon
Hundred-Gated Thebes
The King of the Gods
The Most Esteemed of Places
The Temple Precinct of Amon
The Temple of Khonsu
The Temple of Ipet
The Temple of Ptah
The Temple Precinct of Mut
The Temple Precinct of Montu
Amon's Southern Harim
Abu Simbel
Ramesses the Great
The Great and Small Temple in Abu Simbel
The Rescue of Abu Simbel
The Desert Oracle of Amon

Second Excursus. The Great Festivals of the King of the Gods
The Festival of the Decade
The Beautiful Feast of the Valley
The Mysteries of the Opet Festival

VI. Amarna. City of the Heretic
Archeologists in Amarna
The Horizon of Aton
Dazzling Aton
The Beauty has Come

VII. Tanis. The Thebes of the North
The Treasures of Tanis

VIII. Abydos. The Sacred Land
The Temple and Tomb of Osiris
Royal Mortuary Memorials
The Mysterious Osireion
The Ruler of the Kingdom of the Dead

Third Excursus. Osirian
Of Osiris and Isis
Khoiak - The month of the Mysteries of Osiris
The Decree on Abaton

IX. Philae. The Pearl of Egypt
The Temple of the Beautiful Lady of a Thousand Names
The Abaton
The Rescue of Philae

X. Edfu. The Throne of Horus
The Birth Temple
The Festivals of the Falcon God
The Triumph of Horus
The Festival of Behdet
The Selection of the Living Falcon of Edfu
The Contendings of Horus and Seth

XI. Dendera and the Golden Goddess
The Heliopolis of Hathor
The Seat of the Golden Goddess
Temples of Divine Birth
The Golden One
Hathor's Festivals

Fourth Excursus. The Lady of the Turquoise
The Mountain Temple of Hathor
Proto-Sinaitic Inscriptions

XII. Alexander's City by Egypt
The Metropolis of Learning
The Cultural Legacy of Alexandria

Final Excursus. A Brief Outline of the Overall Architectural History of the Ancient Egyptian Temple
The Early Dynastic Period and the Old Kingdom
The First Intermediate Period and the Middle Kingdom
The Second Intermediate Period and the New Kingdom
The Third Intermediate Period and the Late Period
The Third Intermediate Period, the Late Period and the Ptolemaic-Roman period



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