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Bibil Identifier bibil:212091
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Traversing Eternity
Title (English, ) Texts for the Afterlife from Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt
Author Smith, Mark
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPA 62871
Place 932
Publishing house Oxford University Press
Place Oxford
ISBN 978-0-19-815464-8
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xix Pages
725 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract This book studies Egyptian ideas about death and the afterlife during the Ptolemaic and Roman Periods. Mark Smith analyses Egyptian attitudes toward death, looks at the various means by which the Egyptians attempted to ensure a smooth transition from existence in this world to that in the next, and examines how they envisaged life in the hereafter. Traversing Eternity is based on a corpus of sixty texts specially selected for the light which they throw upon these topics. Some of the texts are ritual in character, and were recited for the benefit of the deceased by priests, while others were interred along with the dead so that they themselves could make use of them in the afterlife. Each text is translated in its entirety, with annotation to elucidate obscure points, and each is supplied with a detailed introduction. Smith also addresses key issues such as that of continuity and change in Egyptian religious beliefs during the Ptolemaic and Roman Periods and attempts to answer the question of why the composition of texts for the afterlife flourished to such a remarkable extent at this time.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : Literature
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