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  • Amun
    From Bloomsbury Dictionary of Myth
    Amun ('secret god'), or Amon or (Greek) Ammon, in Egyptian myth, was originally a god of the air, born with other deities from the voice of Thoth. MORE
  • Anubis
    From Bloomsbury Dictionary of Myth
    Anubis, son of the Underworld gods Osiris and Nebthet in Egyptian myth, was originally the god of putrefaction. MORE
  • Bastet
    From Bloomsbury Dictionary of Myth
    Bastet, in Egyptian myth, was the cat-headed goddess of fertility. MORE
  • Horus
    From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia
    In ancient Egyptian mythology, the falcon-headed sky god whose eyes were the Sun and the Moon. MORE
  • Isis
    From Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
    The principal goddess of ancient Egypt, sister and wife of osiris and mother of horus, she typified the faithful wife and devoted mother. MORE
  • Osiris: Topic Page
    Ancient Egyptian god, the embodiment of goodness, who ruled the underworld after being killed by Set. The pharaohs were believed to be his incarnation. MORE
  • Ptah
    From Bloomsbury Dictionary of Myth
    Ptah ('sculptor', Greek Phtha), in Egyptian myth, was the chief god of the pantheon worshipped at Memphis. MORE
  • Ra
    From Bloomsbury Dictionary of Myth
    Ra the Supreme. Ra ('creator'), or Re or Phra, the Sun-god in Egyptian myth, was the supreme power in the universe, giver and sustainer of life. MORE
  • Sekhmet
    From Bloomsbury Dictionary of Myth
    Sekhmet (or Sakhmet, 'powerful'), in Egyptian myth, was consort of Ptah the craftsman-god and daughter of Ra, the Sun. MORE
  • Set
    From Bloomsbury Dictionary of Myth
    Set (or Seth or Seti; Greek Typhon), in Egyptian myth, was the storm-god son of Geb and Nut. MORE
  • Thoth
    From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia
    Egyptian god of the moon and of reckoning, learning, and writing. He was the inventor of writing, the creator of languages, the representative of Re, and the scribe, interpreter, and adviser of the gods. MORE

Terms & Concepts

  • Alchemy: Topic Page
    Ancient art of obscure origin that sought to transform base metals (e.g., lead) into silver and gold; forerunner of the science of chemistry. MORE
  • Ankh
    From Chamber's Dictionary of the Unexplained
    The ancient Egyptian symbol of the ankh, which consists of a T-shaped cross with a looped top arm, appears frequently in Egyptian tomb paintings and other art. MORE
  • Astrology: Topic Page
    Study of the relative position of the planets and stars in the belief that they influence events on Earth. A strongly held belief in ancient Babylon, astrology spread to the Mediterranean world, and was widely used by the Greeks and Romans. MORE
  • Book of the Dead
    From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia
    Ancient Egyptian book of magic spells, known as the Book of Coming Forth by Day, buried with the dead as a guide to reaching the kingdom of Osiris, the god of the underworld. MORE
  • Canopic Jars
    From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia
    In ancient Egypt, four containers for holding a dead person's embalmed organs. MORE
  • Egypt: Topic Page
    Country in northeast Africa. Capital: Cairo. Major ports: Alexandria, Port Said, Suez, Damietta, Shubra Al Khayma. MORE
  • Egyptian Pyramids
    From Chamber's Dictionary of the Unexplained
    The pyramids of Egypt were built around 2000 bc as royal tombs on a gigantic scale – it has been calculated that the largest of them, the great pyramid, was originally 147 metres (481 feet) high. MORE
  • Imhotep
    From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia
    Egyptian physician, architect, and vizier (chief adviser) of King Zoser (3rd dynasty). He is thought to have designed the step pyramid at Sakkara, the first pyramid ever constructed. MORE
  • Karnak
    From The Bloomsbury Guide to Art
    A complex of temples on the east bank of the Nile, at Thebes in Ancient Egypt, built over a period of 2,000 years. Known to the ancient Egyptians as Ipet-isut ('the most select of places'), it is now known by the neighbouring modern village of el-Karnak. MORE
  • Mummy: Topic Page
    Dead human or animal body preserved by embalming or by unusual natural conditions. As a rule mummies are from ancient times. MORE
  • Pharaoh
    From Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
    A word from the Egyptian meaning ‘great house’, applied to the kings of ancient Egypt in much the same way as the holy see came to be used for the pope, or the Sublime porte for the government of the sultan of Turkey. MORE

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