Temples of Ancient Egypt

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Cornell University Press, 1997 - History - 335 pages
Five distinguished scholars here summarize the state of current knowledge about ancient Egyptian temples and the rituals associated with their use. The first volume in English to survey the major types of Egyptian temples from the Old Kingdom to the Roman period, it offers a unique perspective on ritual and its cultural significance. The authors perceive temples as loci for the creative interplay of sacred space and sacred time. They regard as unacceptable the traditional division of the temples into the categories of "mortuary" and "divine", believing that their functions and symbolic representations were, at once, too varied and too intertwined. Both informative to scholars and accessible to students, the book combines descriptions of specific temples with new insights into their development and purposes.
 

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Contents

AN OVERVIEW
1
Priests
9
Rituals
18
A Glance Forward
28
The Djoser Complex at Saqqara
40
The Transition in the Fourth Dynasty
47
Individual Solutions at the Transition between
59
The Middle Kingdom
74
The Temple and the People
132
A Brief Description of Luxor Temple
144
Luxor Temple and the OpefFestival
157
Other Important Functions of Luxor Temple
177
The AnkhBouquet and Other LifeBestowing
183
The Cultic Vision of the World
203
The Temples Integration into Society
227
Old Cultuses in New Contexts
233

Conclusion
84
NEW KINGDOM MORTUARY TEMPLES
86
Royal Cult Complexes of the Ramesside Period
107
Conclusion
123
NOTES
239
DYNASTIC CHRONOLOGY
319
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