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A real bargain! Dec 9, 2008
This invaluable reference work lists known ancient Egyptian deities and divine epithets. Although not exhaustive, it is marked by typical Teutonic thoroughness and is a gold mine of information on ancient Egyptian gods.
Entries list attested spellings, dates of attestation, iconography, functions, references, and associations with other deities in series.
Individual words in epithet strings are listed separately and cross-referenced to appropriate main entries. The information provided can be very helpful: For example, the entry on Anubis (1:390--94) lists twenty-two different spellings and shows that he is attested in every major time period (early period, Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, New Kingdom, 21st--24th Dynasties, Saite period, Late period--meaning Persian period, Greco-Roman period, and uncertain date). Human-headed, lion-headed, jackal-headed, ram-headed, falcon-headed, snake-headed, and other forms of Anubis are known. The human-headed form, though known at other times, is particularly common starting in the Persian period and continuing through the Greco-Roman period; it is not as unusual as some would have us believe.
Knowledge of German and ancient Egyptian is necessary to make full use of the material. The cost is prohibitive for most people, but, considering the amount of information in the volumes, the sturdy clothbound covers and bindings, and the publisher, it is a bargain.