Traversing Eternity: Texts for the Afterlife from Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt

Hardcover | May 2, 2009

byMark Smith

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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 thenext, 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, whileothers 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 ofcontinuity 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.

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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 thenext, and examines how they envisaged life in th...

Mark Smith is Professor of Egyptology, Oxford University, and Lady Wallis Budge Fellow in Egyptology, University College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:800 pagesPublished:May 2, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019815464X

ISBN - 13:9780198154648

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Table of Contents

General IntroductionIntroduction to Part 1: Osirian Texts Adapted for the DeceasedTEXTS 1-10Introduction to Part 2: Texts with the Deceased as Original BeneficiaryTEXTS 11-60