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Sur les pas de l'ane dans la religion egyptienne (English, French, Hardcover): Marie Vandenbeusch Sur les pas de l'ane dans la religion egyptienne (English, French, Hardcover)
Marie Vandenbeusch
R5,237 R4,821 Discovery Miles 48 210 Save R416 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Osiris-Hymnen - Wechselnde Materialisierungen und Kontexte. Untersuchungen anhand der Texte "C 30" / Tb 181, Tb 183, "BM 447" /... Osiris-Hymnen - Wechselnde Materialisierungen und Kontexte. Untersuchungen anhand der Texte "C 30" / Tb 181, Tb 183, "BM 447" / Tb 128 und der "Athribis"-Hymne (German, Hardcover)
Daniela C Luft
R3,576 R3,262 Discovery Miles 32 620 Save R314 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
What Are the Stones Whispering? - Ramat Rahel: 3,000 Years of Forgotten History (Hardcover): Oded Lipschits What Are the Stones Whispering? - Ramat Rahel: 3,000 Years of Forgotten History (Hardcover)
Oded Lipschits
R1,330 R1,049 Discovery Miles 10 490 Save R281 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The excavations at Ramat Rahel, just south of Jerusalem, revealed a complex of structures that existed for hundreds of years in which the Kingdom of Judah was a vassal of diverse empires. Over some 500 years, jars bearing seals were stored at the site. The findings throw new light on the late First Temple period and on most of that of the Second Temple. During these centuries Ramat Rahel was the administrative contact point between Judah and the ruling empires. This is what enabled independent Judean control of Jerusalem and the Temple, and the ability to maintain Jewish identity within Jerusalem almost without outside intervention and supervision. All this came to an end during the Hasmonean revolt.

Egypt as a Monster in the Book of Ezekiel (Paperback): Safwat Marzouk Egypt as a Monster in the Book of Ezekiel (Paperback)
Safwat Marzouk
R1,987 R1,681 Discovery Miles 16 810 Save R306 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Nubian Interconnections (Paperback): Stuart Tyson Smith Nubian Interconnections (Paperback)
Stuart Tyson Smith
R1,295 Discovery Miles 12 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This special guest-edited fascicle of the Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections focuses on Nubia. Professor Stuart Tyson Smith (University of California Santa Barbara) invited contributions from experts in a range of interconnection topics. The result provides welcome new insights into the complex nature of ancient Nubian and Egyptian networks.

The Upper Room and Tomb of David - The History, Art and Archaeology of the Cenacle on Mount Zion (Paperback): David Christian... The Upper Room and Tomb of David - The History, Art and Archaeology of the Cenacle on Mount Zion (Paperback)
David Christian Clausen
R1,180 R1,095 Discovery Miles 10 950 Save R85 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It's been a church, a mosque and a synagogue. Jesus is said to have dined there. James, his brother, is believed to have been interred there. King David may be buried beneath the floor. The subject of intense speculation by both scholars and the faithful, the Cenacle on Mount Zion-also known as the Upper Room of the New Testament gospels and as the Tomb of David-has remained a mystery for centuries. Claimed by Jews, Christians and Muslims, the sacred structure continues to evoke passionate controversy. Does it date back to the time of Christ? Was the Last Supper celebrated there? Is this the place where the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles on the first Pentecost following Easter Sunday? Did King David's remains ever lie there? These and many other questions are explored in this first-ever study, offering a readable, fully researched narrative account of the Cenacle's history, archaeology and imagery. Artistic, architectural and photographic illustrations document the Cenacle and its surroundings over the past 1,500 years.

Eine Magische Stele Aus Dem Badischen Landesmuseum Karlsruhe (Inv. H 1049) (German, Paperback): Joachim Friedrich Quack Eine Magische Stele Aus Dem Badischen Landesmuseum Karlsruhe (Inv. H 1049) (German, Paperback)
Joachim Friedrich Quack
R744 R702 Discovery Miles 7 020 Save R42 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Sepphoris II - The Clay Lamps of Ancient Sepphoris (Hardcover): Eric Lapp Sepphoris II - The Clay Lamps of Ancient Sepphoris (Hardcover)
Eric Lapp
R1,580 R1,237 Discovery Miles 12 370 Save R343 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sepphoris was an important Galilean site from Hellenistic to early Islamic times. This multicultural city is described by Flavius Josephus as the "ornament of all Galilee," and Rabbi Judah the Prince (ha-Nasi) codified the Mishnah there around 200 CE. The Duke University excavations of the 1980s and 1990s uncovered a large corpus of clay oil lamps in the domestic area of the western summit, and this volume presents these vessels. Richly illustrated with photos and drawings, it describes the various shape-types and includes a detailed catalog of 219 lamps. The volume also explores the origins of the Sepphoris lamps and establishes patterns of their trade, transport, and sale in the lower city's marketplace. A unique contribution is the use of a combined petrographic and direct current plasma-optical emission spectrometric (dcp-oes) analysis of selected lamp fabrics from sites in Israel and Jordan. This process provided valuable information, indicating that lamps found in Sepphoris came from Judea, the Decapolis, and even Greece, suggesting an urban community fully engaged with other regional centers. Lamp decorations also provide information about the cosmopolitan culture of Sepphoris in antiquity. Discus lamps with erotic scenes and mythological characters suggest Greco-Roman influences, and menorahs portrayed on lamps indicate a vibrant Jewish identity.

REVEALED - Astonishing New Science and Archaeology (Paperback): Peter Ragg REVEALED - Astonishing New Science and Archaeology (Paperback)
Peter Ragg
R417 Discovery Miles 4 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Egyptian Predynastic Anthropomorphic Objects - A study of their function and significance in Predynastic burial customs... Egyptian Predynastic Anthropomorphic Objects - A study of their function and significance in Predynastic burial customs (Paperback)
Ryna Ordynat
R825 R776 Discovery Miles 7 760 Save R49 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Anthropomorphic objects from the Egyptian Predynastic have been a topic of frequent study and debate, from the time they were first excavated until today. These objects, including human figurines, hippopotamus tusks, tag amulets and combs carved with the human image, continue to fascinate and perplex scholars today. Objects such as these form part of the extensive and distinctive iconographic imagery of Predynastic Egypt, and are often interpreted solely in the context of their symbolic or iconographic significance. The aim of this study is to examine these anthropomorphic objects in terms of their original context in order to determine what role they played in Predynastic burials - a useful method, as most of these objects are found in graves. A database comprising all provenanced anthropomorphic Predynastic objects and their placement in the grave, in addition to the details of each grave, has been composed in order to conduct a detailed analysis. The analysis is geared to answer the question of whether it is possible to determine the function of these objects from the available data, and if so, what the results could tell us about burial practices and rituals in Predynastic Egypt. It became clear from the results that the context, especially the specific placement of the object in the grave, can reflect significantly the meaning and function of anthropomorphic objects. The placement and function seems to have depended on the type of object: for instance, figurines had different placements and meanings to tusks and tags. Ultimately, it appears that anthropomorphic objects, especially figurines, were personal items with which the deceased were identified and buried by their relations and friends. They may have served as magical or protective items, or as representations of ancestors or the deceased individuals themselves. This conclusion is significant, as it confirms the previous assumptions about the functions of anthropomorphic objects in Predynastic graves through a thorough analysis of available data, making a contribution to our understanding of Predynastic burial rituals.

Magan - The Land of Copper - Prehistoric Metallurgy of Oman (Paperback): Claudio Giardino Magan - The Land of Copper - Prehistoric Metallurgy of Oman (Paperback)
Claudio Giardino
R1,113 R1,032 Discovery Miles 10 320 Save R81 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The development of a prehistoric civilization in the Sultanate of Oman was strongly connected with the exploitation and the use of copper. The Oman Peninsula has several rich copper ore deposits that have been exploited since prehistoric times. The earliest evidence of metallurgical activities in Oman dates back to the end of the Neolithic period in the 4th millennium BC. Thanks to the availability of this precious raw material, Oman became one of the main copper sources for the entire Middle East during the Bronze Age. The cuneiform texts of Mesopotamia referred to Oman as the Land of Magan, a region where the precious copper was found in fabulous abundance. This volume describes the geography and environments of Oman, its rich copper ore deposits and the ancient mining and smelting techniques, and it also includes an overview of the physical properties of the different metals exploited in antiquity and of the analytical techniques used in archaeometallurgy. Moreover, the author presents for the first time a comprehensive and detailed typology of the metal objects discovered at sites in Oman dating to the millennia from the Neolithic up to the Early Iron Age, emphasizing the development of advanced alloying techniques in order to obtain artefacts with specific proprieties and appearance.

Ancient Records of Egypt - VOL. 2: THE EIGHTEENTH DYNASTY (Paperback, annotated edition): James Henry Breasted Ancient Records of Egypt - VOL. 2: THE EIGHTEENTH DYNASTY (Paperback, annotated edition)
James Henry Breasted
R745 R632 Discovery Miles 6 320 Save R113 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume extends Breasted's remarkable documentary history through the reign of King Tutankhamun. By providing the first definitive transcription and the first English version of hundreds of historical records inscribed on papyrus or leather or carved in stone, Breasted gave unprecedented access to details of royal succession, military conquest, religious upheaval, administrative complexity, and other aspects of ancient Egyptian civilization. Originally published in the first decade of the twentieth century, his monumental work appears here in paperback for the first time. The Eighteenth Dynasty saw the consolidation of the cult of Amun and the expansion of the temple of Amun-Re at Karnak, as well as a religious revolution under King Akhenaten that involved abandoning Thebes as a religious capital and royal residence and founding a new city devoted to the service of the new solar god, Aten. Breasted presents records of the biography and coronation of Queen Hatshepsut, including reliefs that depict the queen's expedition to the land of Punt. Also in this volume are the annals of Thutmose III, providing the most complete account of the military achievements of any Egyptian king; scenes representing the supernatural birth and coronation by the gods of his son, Amenhotep II; and inscriptions from the tomb of Rekhmire, prime minister or vizier under Thutmose III, that include a listing of taxes paid to the temple and foreign tribute proceeding from the king's two decades of military activity in Asia. A herculean assemblage of primary documents, many of which have deteriorated to illegibility since its original publication, Ancient Records of Egypt illuminates both the incredible complexity of Egyptian society and the almost insuperable difficulties of reconstructing a lost civilization.

From Eden to Exile - Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible (Paperback): Eric H. Cline From Eden to Exile - Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible (Paperback)
Eric H. Cline
R403 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R74 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Combining the academic rigor that has won the respect of his peers with an accessible style that has made him a favorite with readers and students alike, he lays out each mystery, evaluates all available evidence-from established fact to arguable assumption to far-fetched leap of faith-and proposes an explanation that reconciles Scripture, science, and history. Numerous amateur archaeologists have sought some trace of Noah's Ark to meet only with failure. But, though no serious scholar would undertake such a literal search, many agree that the Flood was no myth but the cultural memory of a real, catastrophic inundation, retold and reshaped over countless generations. Likewise, some experts suggest that Joshua's storied victory at Jericho is the distant echo of an earthquake instead of Israel's sacred trumpets-a fascinating, geologically plausible theory that remains unproven despite the best efforts of scientific research. Cline places these and other Biblical stories in solid archaeological and historical context, debunks more than a few lunatic-fringe fantasies, and reserves judgment on ideas that cannot yet be confirmed or denied. Along the way, our most informed understanding of ancient Israel comes alive with dramatic but accurate detail in this groundbreaking, engrossing, entertaining book by one of the rising stars in the field.

Over the Mountains and Far Away: Studies in Near Eastern history and archaeology presented to Mirjo Salvini on the occasion of... Over the Mountains and Far Away: Studies in Near Eastern history and archaeology presented to Mirjo Salvini on the occasion of his 80th birthday (Paperback)
Pavel S. Avetisyan, Roberto Dan, Yervand H. Grekyan
R2,262 R2,052 Discovery Miles 20 520 Save R210 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The publication of 'Over the Mountains and Far Away: Studies in Near Eastern history and archaeology presented to Mirjo Salvini on the occasion of his 80th birthday' was initiated by the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, the International Association of Mediterranean and Oriental Studies (Rome, Italy) and the Association for Near Eastern and Caucasian Studies (Yerevan, Armenia) as a tribute to the career of Professor Mirjo Salvini on the occasion his 80th birthday. It is composed of 62 papers written by his colleagues and students from Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Great Britain, Russian Federation, Israel, Turkey, Islamic Republic of Iran, Georgia, United States and Armenia. The contributions presented here cover numerous topics, a wide geographical area and a long chronological period. However, most of the contributions deal with research in the fields of Urartian and Hittite Studies, the topics that attracted Prof. Salvini during his long and fruitful career most.

Glazed Brick Decoration in the Ancient Near East - Proceedings of a Workshop at the 11th International Congress of the... Glazed Brick Decoration in the Ancient Near East - Proceedings of a Workshop at the 11th International Congress of the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Munich) in April 2018 (Paperback)
Anja Fugert, Helen Gries
R856 Discovery Miles 8 560 Out of stock

Glazed bricks applied as a new form of colourful and glossy architectural decor first started to appear in the early Iron Age on monumental buildings of the Ancient Near East. It surely impressed the spectators then as it does the museum visitors today. Glazed Brick Decoration in the Ancient Near East comprises the proceedings of a workshop held at the 11th International Congress of the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE) at Munich in April 2018, organised by the editors. Over the last decade excavations have supplied new evidence from glazed bricks that once decorated the facades of the Ancient Near East's public buildings during the Iron Age (1000-539 BC) and especially significant progress has been achieved from revived work on glazed bricks excavated more than a century ago which today are kept in various museum collections worldwide. Since the latest summarising works on Ancient Near Eastern glazed architectural decors have been published several decades ago and in the meantime considerable insight into the subject has been gained, this volume aims to provide an updated overview of the development of glazed bricks and of the scientific research on the Iron Age glazes. Furthermore, it presents the on-going research on this topic and new insights into glazed bricks from Ashur, Nimrud, Khorsabad, and Babylon.

Alexander to Constantine - Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, Volume III (Hardcover): Eric M. Meyers, Mark A. Chancey Alexander to Constantine - Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, Volume III (Hardcover)
Eric M. Meyers, Mark A. Chancey
R854 R802 Discovery Miles 8 020 Save R52 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The definitive book on the archaeology of Palestine from Alexander the Great's conquest to Constantine's reign Drawing on the most recent, groundbreaking archaeological research, Eric M. Meyers and Mark A. Chancey re-narrate the history of ancient Palestine in this richly illustrated and expertly integrated book. Spanning from the conquest of Alexander the Great in the fourth century BCE until the reign of the Roman emperor Constantine in the fourth century CE, they synthesize archaeological evidence with ancient literary sources (including the Bible) to offer a sustained overview of the tumultuous intellectual and religious changes that impacted world history during the Greco-Roman period. The authors demonstrate how the transformation of the ancient Near East under the influence of the Greeks and then the Romans led to foundational changes in both the material and intellectual worlds of the Levant. Palestine's subjection to Hellenistic kingdoms, its rule by the Hasmonean and Herodian dynasties, the two disastrous Jewish revolts against Rome, and its full incorporation into the Roman Empire provide a background for the emergence of Christianity. The authors observe in the archaeological record how Judaism and Christianity were virtually undistinguishable for centuries, until the rise of imperial Christianity with Emperor Constantine. The only book-length overview available that focuses on the archaeology of Palestine in this period, this comprehensive and powerfully illuminating work sheds new light on the lands of the Bible.

The Topography of Thebes from the Bronze Age to Modern Times (Hardcover): Sarantis Symeonoglou The Topography of Thebes from the Bronze Age to Modern Times (Hardcover)
Sarantis Symeonoglou
R3,172 R2,331 Discovery Miles 23 310 Save R841 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is a comprehensive treatment of the development of Thebes as documented by archaeological and historical evidence and the literary tradition. Originally published in 1985. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Excavations at Nessana, Volume 3 - Non-Literary Papyri (Hardcover): C J Kraemer Excavations at Nessana, Volume 3 - Non-Literary Papyri (Hardcover)
C J Kraemer
R3,109 R2,290 Discovery Miles 22 900 Save R819 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1937 the Colt Archaeological Expedition, excavating the ancient site of modern Auja Hafir in the Negeb, uncovered two storerooms containing the hoard of Greek papyrus documents of the 6th and 7th centuries. These non-literary papyri contain military, church, and family records, as well as an Arab archive on the caravan industry. Originally published in 1958. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The Archaeology of the Bible (Paperback, New edition): James K. Hoffmeier The Archaeology of the Bible (Paperback, New edition)
James K. Hoffmeier
R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For the past 200 years archaeological work has provided new information that allows us to peer into the past and open chapters of human history that have not been read for centuries, or even millennia. In The Archaeology of the Bible James K. Hoffmeier provides the reader with an incisive account of archaeology's role in shaping our understanding of the biblical texts. Fundamental issues addressed throughout include how archaeological discoveries relate to biblical accounts, and the compatibility of using scientific disciplines to prove or disprove a religious book such as the Bible. This work is an ideal introduction to the societies and events of the Ancient Near East and their relation to our interpretation of the Bible.

The Sacred Bridge (Hardcover): Anson F. Rainey, Steven R. Notley The Sacred Bridge (Hardcover)
Anson F. Rainey, Steven R. Notley
R2,798 R2,099 Discovery Miles 20 990 Save R699 (25%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Documenting over 3,000 years of East Mediterranean history, The Sacred Bridge is an up-to-date depiction of Biblical history and geography by way of the ancient sources with original texts and translations from native languages incorporated into the narrative of the Atlas. With impeccable scholarship, this stunning Bible atlas with full-color maps, pictures, and diagrams reflects 10 years of research and is the gold standard of Bible atlases. Emphasis throughout the current work is on the ancient written sources every ancient passage is interpreted firsthand, from its native language. Archaeological evidence has been taken into account whenever it is relevant. "

Disaster and Relief Management - Katastrophen und ihre Bewaltigung (Hardcover): Angelika Berlejung Disaster and Relief Management - Katastrophen und ihre Bewaltigung (Hardcover)
Angelika Berlejung
R2,887 R2,430 Discovery Miles 24 300 Save R457 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The volume collects the papers of the International Conference on Disaster and Relief Management in Ancient Israel/Palestine, Egypt and the Ancient Near East held from the 4th of October to the 6th of October 2010 in Leipzig. Scholars from different fields are having a close look at the concepts of disasters in antiquity, their impact on society, possible dynamics and cultural dimensions. They give insights into their actual research on the destructivity and productivity of disasters, including the possibility that disasters were used as topoi in ideological, mythological and theological discourses. Their contributions in this volume represent a first step to a cultural history of disasters in antiquity.

Light from the Ancient Past, Vol. 1 - The Archaeological Background of the Hebrew-Christian Religion (Paperback): Jack Finegan Light from the Ancient Past, Vol. 1 - The Archaeological Background of the Hebrew-Christian Religion (Paperback)
Jack Finegan
R1,915 R1,434 Discovery Miles 14 340 Save R481 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A photograph, map, or diagram illustrates the text for every site described in this pilgrimage to Palestine, beginning with places connected with John the Baptist and proceeding to Bethlehem and Nazareth, Samaria and Galilee, Jerash, Caesarea, Jericho, the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, and Emmaus. Each entry concludes with a brief bibliography of pertinent literature. Professor Finegan's knowledge of Christian theology and history plus his command of the archeology and topography of the Holy Land make his book an authoritative guide, a book for study and reference, and a volume for devotional reading. Originally published in 1969. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Excavations at Nessana, Volume 3 - Non-Literary Papyri (Paperback): C J Kraemer Excavations at Nessana, Volume 3 - Non-Literary Papyri (Paperback)
C J Kraemer
R1,176 R905 Discovery Miles 9 050 Save R271 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1937 the Colt Archaeological Expedition, excavating the ancient site of modern Auja Hafir in the Negeb, uncovered two storerooms containing the hoard of Greek papyrus documents of the 6th and 7th centuries. These non-literary papyri contain military, church, and family records, as well as an Arab archive on the caravan industry. Originally published in 1958. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

From Mummies to Microchips - A Case-Study in Effective Online Teaching Developed at the University of Manchester (Hardcover):... From Mummies to Microchips - A Case-Study in Effective Online Teaching Developed at the University of Manchester (Hardcover)
Joyce Tyldesley, Nicky Nielsen
R1,251 Discovery Miles 12 510 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume offers a detailed case study of the internationally acclaimed online programmes in Egyptology at the University of Manchester, UK. It distils over a decade of online teaching experience and student feedback, providing guidance for instructors developing their own online offerings. Today, many universities are actively encouraging their teaching staff towards the development of: * online programmes (programmes to be taught entirely online) and/or * online units (units to be incorporated into "blended" programmes taught partially online and partially face-to-face). Unfortunately, the staff tasked with the development of online learning rarely have access to the expertise that they need to help them utilise their teaching skills to their full potential. Technical assistance may be provided by the university e-learning department, but pedagogical and practical help - the support of colleagues with many years' experience teaching online - is lacking. Written by experts, the book provides an invaluable guide for those wishing - or being compelled - to establish their own online courses within the humanities.

City of the Ram-Man - The Story of Ancient Mendes (Hardcover): Donald Bruce Redford City of the Ram-Man - The Story of Ancient Mendes (Hardcover)
Donald Bruce Redford
R1,123 R867 Discovery Miles 8 670 Save R256 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this richly illustrated book, renowned archaeologist Donald Redford draws on the latest discoveries--including many of his own--to tell the story of the ancient Egyptian city of Mendes, home of the mysterious cult of the "fornicating ram who mounts the beauties." Excavation by Redford and his colleagues over the past two decades has cast a flood of light on this strange center of worship and political power located in the Nile Delta. A sweeping chronological account filled with photographs, drawings, and informative sidebars, "City of the Ram-Man" is the first history of Mendes written for general readers.

Founded in the remote prehistoric past, inhabited continuously for 5,000 years, and abandoned only in the first-century BC, Mendes is a microcosm of ancient Egyptian history. "City of the Ram-Man" tells the city's full story--from its founding, through its development of a great society and its brief period as the capital of Egypt, up to its final decline. Central to the story is millennia of worship dedicated to the lascivious ram-god. The book describes the discoveries of the great temple of the ram and the "Mansion of the Rams," where the embalmed bodies of the avatars of the god were buried. It also discusses ancient Greek reports that these ram-gods occasionally ritually fornicated with women.

Vividly written and informed throughout by Redford's intimate knowledge of the remains of Mendes, "City of the Ram-Man" is a unique account of a long-lost monument of Egyptian history, religion, and culture.

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