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Author Frankfort, Henri, 1897-1954.

Title Kingship and the gods : a study of ancient Near Eastern religion as the integration of society & nature / Henri Frankfort ; with a new pref. by Samuel Noah Kramer
Edition Phoenix edition
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [1978]


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 MELB  299.31 Fra/Kad  AVAILABLE
Description xxiii, 444 pages, 21 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Series An Oriental Institute essay
Oriental Institute essay
Oriental Institute essay.
Contents Machine derived contents note: List of Illustrations -- List of Abbreviations -- Chronological Table of Kings -- Introduction -- Concepts of Kingship in the Ancient Near East -- Book I. Egypt -- Part I. The Founding of Kingship -- 1. The Historical Foundation: The Achievement of Menes -- 2. The Theoretical Foundation: The Memphite Theology -- 3. The King's Person: Horus -- A. Horus, the Great God, Lord of Heaven -- B. Horus, Son of Osiris -- C. Titulary -- Part II. The Functioning of Kingship -- 4. The King's Rule -- 5. The King's Potency: The Ka -- A. The Ka of Commoners -- B. The Ka of the King -- 6. The King's Ceremonial: The Sed Festival -- A. Opening Festivities -- B. Main Celebrations -- C. The Dedication of the Field -- D. The Concluding Ceremonies -- 7. The King's Supporters: The Royal Ancestors -- A. The Followers of Horus -- B. The Standards -- C. The Souls of Pe and Nakhen -- D. The Dual Shrines -- E. The Influence of the Ancestral Spirits -- Part III. The Passing of Kingship -- 8. The Royal Succession -- 9. The Coronation -- 10. The Transfiguration of the King's Predecessor -- 11. The Mystery Play of the Succession -- Part IV. Kingship and the Divine Powers in Nature -- 12. The Gods of the Egyptians -- 13. The Power in the Sun: Creation -- A. The King, Image of Re -- B. Creation and Circuit -- C. The King, Son of Re -- 14. The Power in Cattle: Procreation -- A. Egypt in Africa -- B. Sun and Sky -- C. The King and Hathor -- 15. The Power in the Earth: Resurrection -- A. Osiris, Son of Geb and Nut -- B. Osiris in the Grain -- C. Osiris in the Nile -- D. Osiris in Orion and the Moon -- E. Osiris, King of the Dead -- Book II. Mesopotamia -- Part V. The Foundations of Kingship -- 16. The Historical Forms of Kingship in Mesopotamia -- A. Mesopotamian Beginnings and Primitive Democracy -- B. The Temple Community -- C. Designations of the Ruler as Evidence of Unbroken Tradition -- 17. The Making of a King -- A. The Theological Aspect of Kingship -- B. The Accession -- Part VI. The Functions of the King -- 18. Government -- A. Administration of the Realm -- B. Interpretation of the Superhuman -- C. Representation of the People -- 19. The Service of the Gods -- A. The Perils of Service and the Substitute King -- B. The Joys of Service and the State Festivals -- C. The Rewards of Service and the Building of Temples -- Part VII. Kingship and the Divine Powers in Nature -- 20. The Gods of Mesopotamia -- A. Cosmic Powers and Social Justice -- B. The Suffering God -- Excursus: Tammuz, Adonis, Osiris -- 21. The Deification of Kings -- A. The Union of King and Goddess -- B. The King as "Son" of the Gods -- C. The King Worshipped in Temples -- D. The Worship of Royal Statues -- E. The King of Personal Names -- F. The King and the Powers in Nature -- 22. The New Year's Festival -- A. The Significance of the Celebrations -- B. The Festival at Babylon and Assur -- Epilogue -- The Hebrews -- Notes -- Index
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Assyro-Babylonian religion.
Kings and rulers -- Religious aspects.
Kings and rulers, Ancient -- Religious aspects.
Egypt -- Kings and rulers -- Religious aspects.
Egypt -- Religion.
Author University of Chicago. Oriental Institute.
LC no. 78105541
ISBN 0226260119