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by George Andrew Reisner

George Andrew Reisner (1867-1942) was an American archaeologist of Ancient Egypt. In 1899 he led the Hearst Expedition of the University of California to explore burial grounds around Qift. From 1905-1914 he was Assistant Professor and from 1914-1942, Professor of Egyptology at Harvard University. He directed the archaeological survey of Nubia (Nilotic Sudan) for the Egyptian government (1907-1909), was curator of Egyptian collections at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (1910-1942), explored the pyramids of Meroë, and dug out the temple at Napata (1916-1923). He believed that Kerma was originally the base of an Egyptian governor and that these Egyptian rulers evolved into the independent monarchs of Kerma. He also created a list of Egyptian viceroys of Kush. He found the tomb of Queen Hetepheres the mother of King Khufu (Cheops in Greek) who built the Great Pyramid at Giza. His works include: The Hearst Medical Papyrus (as editor) (1905), The Egyptian Conception of Immortality (1912), Excavations at Kerma (1923), Mycerinus: The Temples of the Third Pyramid at Giza (1931) and A History of the Giza Necropolis (1942).
Download The Egyptian Conception of Immortality (Dodo Press) epub
ISBN: 1409946983
ISBN13: 978-1409946984
Category: History
Subcategory: Middle East
Author: George Andrew Reisner
Language: English
Publisher: Dodo Press (April 3, 2009)
Pages: 52 pages
ePUB size: 1922 kb
FB2 size: 1496 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 459
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This work appears to be a slightly shortened publication of a lecture given by George Reisner in 1911. This is a fascinating and very informative work, and at times revealing. It appears that the ancient Egyptian religion was a more powerful entity that I realized.

Throughout this work, Reisner explains funerary practices, the pantheon of gods (which he states were various manifestations of the one god, Ra), the ancient calendar, and the religion’s effect on modern religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Mohammedism. Reisner correctly states that the ancient Egyptian “loved life and hated death”. He shows and cites proof that the ancient Egyptians believed in an afterlife and that the earthly life itself was a preparatory means towards immortality.

I enjoyed this book, and it is useful for my further studies and understanding of the people of ancient Egypt.
A short but very comprehensive book on the concept of immortality in ancient Egypt. Definitely an influence on Christianity. I would recommend this book.