The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt
- ISBN 9780500284247
- 25.50 x 19.20 cm
- with 338 illustrations
- First published 2017
A fully illustrated and systematic survey of the mythology, iconography and worship of the mysterious and awe-inspiring deities that dominated Egyptian religion from early pharaonic times to the Roman period
‘Impressive … truly encyclopaedic’ – Times Higher Education
The gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt, worshipped for over half of recorded history, are among the most fascinating and complex of any civilization. Here is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the deities that lay at the heart of Egyptian religion and society.
It examines the evolution, worship and eventual decline of the numerous gods and goddesses – from minor household figures such as Bes and Taweret to the all-powerful deities Amun and Re – that made Egypt the most completely theocratic society of the ancient world, and made Egyptians, according to Herodotus, ‘more religious than any other people’.
Richard H. Wilkinson is Regents Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona and founding director of the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition.