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Title:
Egyptian mythology A to Z : a young reader's companion
Author:
Remler, Pat.
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Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xii, 180 pages : illustrations, map ; 29 cm.
Summary:
Alphabetically arranged definitions present an overview of Egyptian mythology from the Predynastic period through the Roman period.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780816039845
Format :
Book

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Summary

Egypt's creation myths are among the earliest in the ancient world and spring from Egypt's dependence on the Nile and farming. Animals were an important part of daily life in this agrarian culture and played a formative role in the development of mythology. Egyptian Mythology A to Z brings to life the ancient myths


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Booklist Review

Facts On File has previously published two volumes in the Mythology A to Z series, Norse Mythology A to Z (1991) and Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z (1992). This title, like its predecessors, has more than 400 entries, which are alphabetically arranged. Subjects include beliefs, deities, festivals, places, plants and animals, rituals and ceremonies, rulers and other notable people, symbols, and texts, among other topics. Entries vary in length from one sentence to more than two pages. One of the longest entries, Isis, is more than four pages, with subheadings for different aspects of the goddess's cult. Horoscope calendar includes a day-by-day calendar showing the auspices for the first month of Akhet, or Inundation. Coverage and access can be inconsistent. Although there are entries for Cat, Dog, Horse, and other animals, there is no entry for snakes. Student must rely on the index, where all the various references to snakes are cited. The only way to find information on frankincense and myrrh is to browse through the entry on Incense, because neither of these resins used in the mummification process appears as an entry or as an index term. Bolstering the A^-Z entries, a helpful introduction provides a succinct history of Egypt and a brief explanation of how we've come to understand Egypt's mythology. A one-page time line lists dates from the Predynastic Period (5500^-3100 B.C.) to the Roman Period (30 B.C.^-A.D. 395). A useful teacher resource book that would provide activities for the same audience is Hands-on Culture of Ancient Egypt (Walch, 1997). For the activity titled "Medicine and Magic: Amulets," students might refer to the entry Amulet in the Facts On File title to learn what they were made of and how they were used. Egyptian Mythology A to Z is useful for upper elementary to junior-high school and would be a good purchase for school media centers and children's and young adults sections in public libraries.


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Egypt's creation myths are among the earliest in the ancient world and spring from Egypt's dependence on the Nile and farming. Animals were an important part of daily life in this agrarian culture and played a formative role in the development of mythology. Egyptian Mythology A to Z brings to life the ancient myths, gods and goddesses, and religious beliefs for young readers. More than 400 A-to-Z entries are preceded by a thorough introduction that: Details the origin and development of Egyptian mythology Summarizes Egyptian creation myths, religion, and belief in resurrection Identifies the most important Egyptian deities Discusses the influence of Egyptian mythology on modern life. Complementing the text are a selected bibliography that encourages students to investigate topics that spark their interest and a complete index to specific subjects. With its focus on Egyptian gods and goddessesand the relationship between Egyptian myths and the later Greek and Roman mythology, this volume is a useful reference and teaching aid. Excerpted from Egyptian Mythology A to Z: A Young Reader's Companion by Pat Remler All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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