Hieroglyphs and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

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Author: Forman, Werner (1921- ) and Stephen Quirke

Year: 1996

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

Place: Norman


192 pages with plates (174 in color), map, bibliography, and index. Quarto (112 1/4" x 9") issued in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. 1st edition.

In ancient Egypt the strategy to achieve life after death relied on hieroglyphs, which united art and writing to help fulfill this ambition. this lavishly illustrated work tells the history of the texts that, through 3,000 years, were designed to ensure survival after death. Stephen Quirke sets out the history of the texts designed to guarantee life beyond death, from the Pyramid Texts for kings and queens, c2400 BC, to the Book of the Dead used by king and subject alike after 1600 BC. The literature that flourished for millennia met its end under the combined pressures of Greek-speaking government, Roman occupation and conversion to Christianity. Although Books of the Dead and other funerary manuscripts form the great bulk of surviving Pharaonic texts, no up-to-date survey of this material has been available to the general or scholarly readership. This book aims to fill that gap.


Some chips at front fore edge fold over of jacket, else a very good to fine copy in a very good jacket.

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