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The priests of ancient Egypt

Author: Serge Sauneron; David Lorton
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2000.
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The gods were everywhere in Ancient Egypt. Represented by statues, bas-reliefs, and funerary paintings, they even walked among the Egyptians in the person of Pharaoh, considered to be a living god. What better way to understand that distant culture than by becoming familiar with the people who served those gods? Using as his sources the Egyptian texts and the testimony of classical authors, Serge Sauneron  Read more...
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Sauneron, Serge.
Priests of ancient Egypt.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2000
(OCoLC)606308973
Online version:
Sauneron, Serge.
Priests of ancient Egypt.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2000
(OCoLC)608489080
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Serge Sauneron; David Lorton
ISBN: 0801436850 9780801436857 0801486548 9780801486548
OCLC Number: 42923683
Language Note: Translation from the French.
Notes: Translation of: Les prêtres de l'ancienne Égypte.
Description: xii, 215 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm.
Contents: The testimony of ancient texts --
The priestly office --
The world of the temples --
The sacred services --
Sacred knowledge --
The changing fortunes of the Egyptian clergies.
Other Titles: Prêtres de l'ancienne Egypte.
Responsibility: Serge Sauneron ; foreword by Jean-Pierre Corteggiani ; translated from the French by David Lorton.

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The gods were everywhere in Ancient Egypt. Represented by statues, bas-reliefs, and funerary paintings, they even walked among the Egyptians in the person of Pharaoh, considered to be a living god. What better way to understand that distant culture than by becoming familiar with the people who served those gods? Using as his sources the Egyptian texts and the testimony of classical authors, Serge Sauneron illuminates the role of the priesthood in Ancient Egypt. He describes the ceremonies of daily worship and takes us deep into the sacred precincts of the temples. He re-creates the system of thought of one of the great civilizations of antiquity, addressing such topics as priestly functions, the world of the temples, holy festivals, tombs, and pyramids.--From publisher description.

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