ABYDOS: Egypt's First Pharaohs and the Cult of Osiris

ABYDOS: Egypt's First Pharaohs and the Cult of Osiris

DAVID O'CONNOR    Book Number: 86129    Product format: Paperback

When we think of Ancient Egypt and that civilisation's achievements it is often the questions surrounding its origins that are the most intriguing. By the time the first pyramids were built at Saqqara and then Giza in the Third Dynasty, the monumentality and imposing style of Egyptian art and architecture was already well established, but what gave rise to it? What do we know of the preceding period? In recent years it is from the site of Abydos in Upper Egypt that much new evidence is emerging, casting light on not just the First and Second Dynasties but their predecessors at the end of the Predynastic period too. It is clear that here were built the first royal tombs, giving invaluable insights into the origins of Egyptian kingship and early state organisation. Abydos is well known for its Temple of Osiris and from around 2000BC (11th Dynasty) there was a famed annual procession which re-enacted Osiris's murder by his brother Seth and subsequent re-animation by his wife (and sister) Isis. Modern scholarship has now ascertained that the procession's end point, the supposed tomb of Osiris, was actually a reused tomb of the First Dynasty pharaoh Djer, so it is clear that the region must have been central to Egyptian civilisation. David O'Connor has been associated with the archaeology and research of Abydos since 1967 and is particularly famed for his discovery of 14 Predynastic boat burials dating from well before 3000BC. 100 b/w photos and plans and 11 colour photos, here is a compelling story of dedication to his craft and of the rise of one of the world's greatest civilisations. 216pp softback.
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