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Democratizing the Afterlife? Aspects of the Osirian Afterlife during the Transition from the Late Old Kingdom to the Middle Kingdom

Mark Smith.

in Following Osiris

February 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Religion; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 60437 words.

This chapter challenges the theory of the democratization of the afterlife, according to which privileges that were restricted to royalty in the Old Kingdom, like association with Osiris,...

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Following Osiris

Mark Smith.

February 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Book. Subjects: History of Religion; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 672 pages.

Osiris, god of the dead, was one of the most important deities in ancient Egypt. The earliest secure evidence for belief in him dates to the fifth dynasty (c.2494–2345 BC). He continued to...

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Introduction

Mark Smith.

in Following Osiris

February 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Religion; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 4034 words.

The Introduction outlines the main topics that are discussed in the book, giving a short summary of the contents of each individual chapter. It also considers why Osiris was such an...

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New Rulers, New Beliefs? Osiris and the Dead during the Transition from the Late Period to the Ptolemaic Period

Mark Smith.

in Following Osiris

February 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Religion; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 36644 words.

This chapter investigates two questions. First, did the establishment of the Ptolemaic dynasty have an impact on Egyptian ideas about the afterlife, and second, did it have an impact on the...

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Prelude to Osiris I: Conceptions of the Afterlife in Prehistoric and Predynastic Egypt

Mark Smith.

in Following Osiris

February 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Religion; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 18031 words.

This chapter surveys the evidence for afterlife beliefs in prehistoric and predynastic Egypt, prior to the earliest attestation of Osiris. It also explores two further questions: (1) is it...

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Prelude to Osiris II: Conceptions of the Afterlife in the Early Dynastic Period and the First Half of the Old Kingdom

Mark Smith.

in Following Osiris

February 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Religion; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 37292 words.

This chapter surveys the evidence for afterlife beliefs in the early dynastic period and the first half of the Old Kingdom, prior to the earliest attestation of Osiris: the forms in which...

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Re Resting in Osiris, Osiris Resting in Re: Osiris, Sun God, and the Deceased in the New Kingdom

Mark Smith.

in Following Osiris

February 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Religion; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 48613 words.

This chapter is divided into two parts. The first part investigates the role and status of Osiris, and conceptions of the afterlife more generally, during the Amarna Period. It emerges that...

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Summary of Results: Why Osiris?

Mark Smith.

in Following Osiris

February 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Religion; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 12460 words.

This chapter summarizes the results of the previous seven chapters. It also identifies recurrent themes in the book, discusses the benefits of the investigative approach adopted in it, and...

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Unreading the Pyramid Texts. So Who is Osiris?

Mark Smith.

in Following Osiris

February 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Religion; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 33965 words.

This chapter investigates the earliest evidence for the god Osiris in royal and non-royal sources of the Old Kingdom and explores how these conceptualize the relationship between him and...

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Where is the King of the Two Lands? The End of Belief in the Osirian Afterlife

Mark Smith.

in Following Osiris

February 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Religion; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 68863 words.

This chapter investigates how and when belief in Osiris and the Osirian afterlife came to an end in Egypt. Four different places are employed as case studies to examine this problem: the...

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