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The ancient Egyptian books of the afterlife
Hornung, Erik.
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Altägyptische Jenseitsbücher. English
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Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1999.
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xxii, 188 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
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PJ1551 .H67 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The ancient Egyptians held a rich and complex vision of the afterlife and codified their beliefs in books that were to be discovered over two millennia later in royal tombs. In this volume, Egyptologist Erik Hornung surveys what is known about them today.

Author Notes

ERIK HORNUNG is Professor Emeritus of Egyptology at the University of Basel. He is the author of History of Ancient Egypt: An Introduction and Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt, both from Cornell. An American Egyptologist, DAVID LORTON translated History of Ancient Egypt: An Introduction as well as Egypt in the Age of the Pyramids, by Guillemette Andreu, also from Cornell. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Translator's Notep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
English Translationsp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Chronologyp. xxi
The Pyramid Textsp. 1
The Coffin Textsp. 7
The Book of the Deadp. 13
The Books of Breathingp. 23
The New Kingdom Books of the Netherworldp. 26
Generalp. 26
The Amduatp. 27
The Spell of the Twelve Cavesp. 54
The Book of Gatesp. 55
The Enigmatic Book of the Netherworldp. 77
The Book of Cavernsp. 83
The Book of the Earthp. 95
Miscellaneous Scenesp. 107
The Books of the Skyp. 112
The Book of Nutp. 113
The Book of the Dayp. 116
The Book of the Nightp. 122
Special Compositionsp. 136
The Litany of Rep. 136
The Book of the Heavenly Cowp. 148
The Book of Traversing Eternityp. 151
Glossaryp. 153
Bibliographyp. 157
Indexp. 183