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Who's who in Egyptian mythology
Mercatante, Anthony S.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Lanham, MD : Scarecrow Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
xxi, 231 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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BL2428 .M47 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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Alphabetically arranged entries on all the major gods, goddesses, myths, and themes of Egyptian mythology.

Author Notes

Anthony S. Mercatante authored many books and articles on religion, mythology, and folklore. He was founder and Director of the Mythos Center in New York City, which is devoted to the study of religion as expressed in world mythology. Robert Steven Bianchi, an independent academic who serves as one of two national re-elected American representatives to the International Association of Egyptologists, is President of the Egyptological Seminar of New York, and a contributing editor to Archaeology Magazine.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This is an edited and slightly revised edition of a 1978 book with the same title. The late Mercatante authored many books and articles on religion, mythology, and folklore. Bianchi, the editor of this edition, serves as an American representative to the International Association of Egyptologists and is a contributing editor to Archaeology Magazine. This readable dictionary, with 50 pen-and-ink drawings by Mercatante, is extremely informative as well as entertaining. The entries, arranged in alphabetical order, are an exhaustive collection of everything pertaining to Egyptian mythology from Aah (an early moon god) to Wisdom Literature. Each entry has a concise explanation of the mythological character or concept. In some cases, whole legends are given, as in The Tale of Two Brothers and Setna and the Magic Book. A chronology of ancient Egyptian dynasties is included at the front of the book. The annotated bibliography has been updated by Bianchi to include new books as well as old standards. This is a wholly satisfactory reference tool for anyone interested in the topic. A pronunciation key to the difficult names would be desirable. However, since Bianchi admits in the preface that he made very few changes to the dictionary proper, libraries owning the 1978 edition won't need to replace it with this one. (Reviewed Oct. 1, 1995)

Choice Review

In his foreword, Bianchi states that since Mercatante died before they were able to collaborate on a second edition, he decided against a revision because "the book is so heavily indebted to Tony's own interpretation of the evidence." Bianchi has "re-read the original book and [has] made only those slight changes here and there which require modification in terms of more recent scholarship." He also reviewed the annotated bibliography and removed "works no longer relevant and [added] others which further one's knowledge about ancient Egypt." In the review of the first edition (CH, Jul'79), the book was recommended since it brings together "so much material in such an easy to use format." None of the deficiencies noted in that review (e.g., no indexes, no cross-references, no direct references to the sources for any given entry) has been corrected. Libraries that own the first edition need not buy the second. C. Reik; Tufts University