Abydos - Egypt’s First Pharaohs and the Cult of Osiris

New Aspects of Antiquity


Egypt's First Pharaohs and the Cult of Osiris

  1. David O'Connor
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‘A must-have ... this volume will certainly be of great interest and value to the informed general reader’ – Egyptian Archaeology
‘Lively and colourful ... an authoritative and very readable guide’ – The Scotsman
'Highly recommended book' - Ancient Egypt
'This account will fascinate the general reader as well as the scholar' - The Historical Association

Now in paperback, the definitive account of one of Egypt’s most important ancient sites, written by the world authority

Abydos is one of the most fascinating and archaeologically important sites in southern Egypt. This beautifully illustrated book will be of interest to anyone who ever wondered about the origins of one of the greatest world civilizations.

David O’Connor clarifies not only the complex history of Abydos, but also, through an exploration of the sacred landscape of the area, vividly evokes the power it held for contemporary Egyptians.

As both the burial place of the first kings of Egypt and a cult centre of Osiris, god of the dead, this sacred area has long tantalized archaeologists with its continuing yield of incredible finds, including the earliest indications of writing in Egypt as well as a stunning array of temples, tombs and other enigmatic structures, many far earlier even than the first pyramids at Saqqara.

David O’Connor is in an unrivalled position to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive account of this unique site, and has himself made some of Abydos’ most sensational discoveries, including 14 buried boats – the earliest built boats to be preserved anywhere.

David O’Connor is a leading authority on Abydos and has been involved in research there for over 40 years. He is the Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and Professor Emeritus in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Curator Emeritus of the Egyptian Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.