W. M. Flinders Petrie

The Religion of Ancient Egypt

By Flinders Petrie. A marvelous overview of the main gods, goddesses, religious practices, and belief systems of ancient Egypt, prepared by England’s foremost Egyptologist and expert on Middle Eastern antiquity.

Starting with an analysis of the nature of the Egyptian gods, Flinders Petrie sketches the broad philosophical background to the belief system of ancient Egypt, revealing precisely how those people viewed life, the afterlife, and the influence of gods in their day-to-day activities.

He then moves on to discuss the various gods—the animal-headed, the human, the cosmic, the abstract, and even the foreign deities introduced into Egypt.

Finally, he reviews the main points of the sacred texts, individual worship, and the lasting influence of the ancient Egyptian belief systems in other cultures.

A masterpiece of cultural history which has stood the test of time and become a classic in its own right.


Chapter I: The Nature of Gods

Chapter II: The Nature of Man

Chapter III: The Future Life

Chapter IV: Animal Worship

Chapter V: The Groups of Gods—Animal-Headed Gods

Chapter VI: The Human Gods

Chapter VII: The Cosmic Gods

Chapter VIII: The Abstract Gods

Chapter IX: The Foreign Gods

Chapter X: The Cosmogony

Chapter XI: The Ritual and Priesthood

Chapter XII: The Sacred Books

Chapter XIII: Private Worship

Chapter XIV: Egyptian Ethics

Chapter XV: The Influence of Egypt

Principal Works on Egyptian Religion


About the author: Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie, FRS (1853–1942), commonly known as Flinders Petrie, was England’s most famous Egyptologist who pioneered systematic methodology in archaeology and preservation of artefacts. He was the first chair of Edwards Professor of Egyptian Archaeology and Philology at University College London, where his large collection of Egyptian antiquities is now housed.

57 pages. Paperback.


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Weight 2.69 oz
Dimensions 6 × 0.12 × 9 in

W. M. Flinders Petrie

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