By David B. O'Connor
“O’Connor offers the wealthy end result of his lengthy labors during this quantity bound to entice students and Egyptophiles alike.”—KMTThe historic website of Abydos lies among the towering cliffs of the Egyptian excessive barren region and the luxurious eco-friendly floodplain of the Nile. As either the burial position of the first kings of Egypt and a cult middle for Osiris, god of the lifeless, this sacred sector has lengthy tantalized archaeologists with fantastic unearths. With over 40 years’ event of excavation and study at Abydos, David O’Connor is in an unequalled place to supply the main authoritative and updated account of this distinct Egyptian web site. right here, for the 1st time, Professor O’Connor no longer basically explains the complicated historical past of Abydos but in addition vividly inspires the ability that the sacred panorama held for modern Egyptians. This superbly illustrated ebook should be of curiosity to a person who has ever puzzled in regards to the origins of 1 of the maximum civilizations in global historical past. 15 colour, one hundred twenty five b&w illustrations
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Abydos: Egypt's First Pharaohs and the Cult of Osiris (New Aspects of Antiquity) by David B. O'Connor