, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 267-269
Date: 18 Nov 2012

Terje Oestigaard: Horus’ eye and Osiris’ efflux: the Egyptian civilization of inundation c. 3000–2000 BCE

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This study focuses on the relationship between the inundation of the Nile, climatic variability, the rise of Ancient Egyptian civilization and how that was articulated in religious and ideological terms, particularly with regard to Osiris, the god of the dead. The individual chapters deal with the inundation in practical and cosmological terms; the connection between climate and the myths of struggles between the gods; the geographical details of the Nile at rest and in flood and the mythological explanations for its appearance and performance; the relationship between the king of Egypt and the flood of the river; the festivals surrounding the Nile and the inundation; the rise of Egyptian civilization and its monuments and finally, a discussion of how all of this is related to the central theme of water, death and civilization within the specific Egyptian context.

The work is a bold attempt to bring together several strands of Ancient Egyptian culture in terms of the archaeology, climat ...