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The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Richard H. Wilkinson


A fully illustrated survey of the mythology, iconography and worship of the deities that dominated Egyptian religion from early pharaonic times to the Roman period


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’.


'Destined to become a standard work of reference ... Sound state-of-the-art Egyptological learning combined with an imaginative layout and superb images has produced a book that will be difficult to match'
Egyptian Archaeology

'Will always be immediately turned to to answer questions about individual gods and to find illustrations of them'

'Groundbreaking ... an excellent survey of ancient Egyptian religion and its associated history as well as a concise and well-organized catalogue of the deities '
Reference Reviews

' Impressive ... truly encyclopaedic'
The Times Higher Education Supplement

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 25.5 x 19.2 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Publication date: 12 January 2017

ISBN: 9780500284247

Contents List

Introduction * Egyptian Religion and the Gods * Chronology * Map I Rise and Fall of the Gods: Birth of the Gods * Rule of the Gods * Decline of the Gods II Nature of the Gods: Forms of the Divine * Manifestations of the Gods * Egypt and Monotheism III Worship of the Gods: Care of the Gods * Manifestations of the Gods * Popular Religion and Piety * Relationships with the Divine IV Kingship and the Gods: Between Gods and Men * Deceased and Divine * Kingship Among the Gods V The Catalogue of Deities: Many Faces of the Divine * Groups and Deities * Male Anthropomorphic Deities * Female Anthropomorphic Deities * Mammalian Deities * Avian Deities * Reptile, Amphibian and Fish Deities * Invertebrate and Insect Deities * Inanimate Object Deities Epilogue: A Lasting Legacy * Further Reading * Sources of Quotations * Illustrations Credits * Acknowledgments * Index

About the Author

Richard H. Wilkinson is an archaeologist in the field of Egyptology. He is Regents Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona and founding director of the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition.