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Osiris: Death and Afterlife of a God

ISBN: 978-1-4051-1073-0
176 pages
October 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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Bojana Mojsov tells the story of the cult of Osiris from beginning to end, sketching its development throughout 3,000 years of Egyptian history.
  • Draws together the numerous records about Osiris from the third millennium B.C. to the Roman conquest of Egypt.
  • Demonstrates that the cult of Osiris was the most popular and enduring of the ancient religions.
  • Shows how the cult provided direct antecedents for many ideas, traits and customs in Christianity, including the concept of the trinity, baptism in the sacred river, and the sacrament of the Eucharist.
  • Reveals the cult’s influence on other western mystical traditions and groups, such as the Alchemists, Rosicrucians and Freemasons.
  • Written for a general, as well as a scholarly audience.
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    List of Plates.

    List of Figures.

    Maps.

    Acknowledgments.

    Introduction.

    Egyptian Gods and Goddesses.

    Prologue: The Myth.

    1. The Myth Makers.

    2. Enter the Divine King.

    3. Abydos.

    4. Pyramid Builders.

    5. The Mysteries.

    6. Rise of the Empire.

    7. Golden Pharaohs.

    8. Books of the Afterlife.

    9. Toward the Sunset.

    10. Greeks in Egypt.

    11. The Roman Legacy.

    Epilogue.

    Notes.

    Glossary.

    Egyptian Chronology.

    Bibliography.

    Index

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    Bojana Mojsov was born in Skopje, Macedonia. She is a celebrated Egyptologist and has worked in the Egyptology Departments of both the Metropolitan and Brooklyn Museums in New York. She has also acted as an advisor to the American Research Center in Cairo on restoring the tomb of Sety I in the Valley of the Kings, and as an advisor on the new collections at the National Museum in Khartoum, Sudan.
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    • The first book to tell the story of the cult of Osiris from beginning to end.
    • Sketches the development of the cult throughout 3,000 years of Egyptian history.
    • Draws together the numerous records about Osiris from the third millennium B.C. to the Roman conquest of Egypt.
    • Demonstrates that the cult of Osiris was the most popular and enduring of the ancient religions.
    • Shows how the cult provided direct antecedents for many ideas, traits and customs in Christianity, including the concept of the trinity, baptism in the sacred river, and the sacrament of the Eucharist.
    • Reveals the cult’s influence on other western mystical traditions and groups, such as the Alchemists, Rosicrucians and Freemasons.
    • Written for a general, as well as a scholarly audience.
    See More
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