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Legends of the Gods

Sir E. A. Wallis Budge

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. . .Tigris and Euphrates, and that the local chiefs were bringing to him tribute consisting of gold, lapis-lazuli, turquoise, and logs of wood from the Land of the God. It is difficult to understand how gold and logs of wood from Southern Arabia and East Africa came to be produced as tribute by chiefs who lived so far to the north. Among those who sent gifts was the Prince of Bekhten, and at the head of all his tribute he sent his eldest daughter, bearing his message of homage and duty. Now the maiden was beautiful, and the King of Egypt thought her so lovely that be took her to wife, and bestowed upon her the name "Ra- neferu," which means something like the "beauties of Ra." He took her back with him to Egypt, where she was installed as Queen.

During the summer of the fifteenth year of his reign, whilst Rameses II. was celebrating a festival of Amen-Ra in the Temple of Luxor, one came to him and reported that an envoy had arrived from the Prince of Bekhten, beari. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A classic, no doubt, but there's really no reason to read this book unless you're specifically studying Egyptology.

It’s a good starting point for Egyptian mythology.

Interesting collection of stories and myths. I wonder how much of it is based on real events? The consequences of the 7-year famine seem gruesome enough to be true. The famine mentioned in the Book of Genesis as well. Isis seems a bit like the Greek goddess, Circe - a trickster goddess, well-versed

One would think, "A book of stories about intrigue, murder, and incest; how it could it ever be boring?" Read this book and see how!

Interesting synopsis of ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, mainly dealing with the pantheon of gods / titans. Overall, this was overly tedious and not recommended to a casual reader unless one has a heightened interest in the theme.

The title implies a resource of legends of Egypt, but this book is more a study of a few creation legends and an introduction to your basic lineup of "usual suspects."
I recommend looking into a more comprehensive text. This book is basically a bone dry review of a handful of stories and adulation of

Although an interesting read, the only thing that kept me reading the book is my desire to know about the customs and cultures of different kingdoms.

الكتاب ممتع جداً، والشرح سهل وبسيط..
احببت فراعنة بلا معرفة مسبقة والآن عشقتهم ❤...more

The stories were very interesting. The extra explanations and ham-fisted cultural brokering less so.

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