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Drawing on textual, iconographic and archaeological evidence, this book highlights a historically documented (but often ignored) event, where five single women were elevated to a position of supreme religious authority. The women were Libyan and Nubian royal princesses who, consecutively, held the title of God's Wife of Amun during the Egyptian Twenty-third to Twenty-sixth dynasties (c.754-525 BCE).Despite the overwhelming evidence pointing to the religious, economic and political authority of the God's Wives during this tumultuous period of Egyptian history, to date, these women have only received cursory attention from scholars of ancient Egypt. Tracing the evolution of the office of God's Wife from its obscure origins in the Middle Kingdom to its demise shortly after the Persian Conquest of Egypt in 525 BCE, Mariam Ayad places these five women within the broader context of the politically volatile, turbulent Seventh and Eighth centuries BCE, and examines how the women, and the religious institution they served, were manipulated to achieve political gain.

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Immaculate Brilliant Late Egyptian Scholarship! 28. März 2011
Von John E.D.P. Malin - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Dr. Mariam F. Ayard's delightful treatise on the lives of five 'God's Wife of Amun' [Eg. hemet netjer en imen] accomplishes three things: a deligthful filling in of a confusing period in Egyptian history, where Egypt saw the rulership of three ethnic groups, Libyan, Nubian and Saite, to be followed by Persian rulership, within a span of 200 years; a much needed analysis of the Royal women (Queens, mothers, daughters & priestesses) in Egypt's aristocratic theocratic culture; and analysis of the royal ideology and propaganda of the ruling families during this very changing times in the Middle East.

Generally, reders here like to be given a reason for buying a book. This is usually accomplished by divulging juicy details of the book's content. Since one is able to peer inside, I need not do that. I merely wish to draw attention to its superb scholarship. It is in the high tradition of Lady Egyptologists who have come to fame so recently. Dr. Ayard is of the impeccable scholarship of Dr. Colleen Manassa of Yale University, even though her focus is more limiting in scope. Any lady scholar working on women issues, feminist rights or gender issues of rulership must buy and read this book. It is expensive, but it is well worth its cost. It is the sort of book one reads two or three times, so as to garner and retain all of its insights.

Dr. Ayard has written a masterpiece! It has set a very high standard in meticulous scholarship. Furthermore, it fills a dreadful gap in our understanding of the Egyptian women of royal rank. It also sheds light on how the Ptolemaic Queens acquired their royal ideological titulatures to legitimate their rulerships.

Buy and Enjoy! You want to buy the book, so you can caress the pages lovingly as you read and reread its precious offerings to the mind of humane sensibilities and refined sentiments of these exquisite ladies of the Great Land of Ancient Egypt---truly, the land of the Gods!

I am honored to be the first to review this seminal scholarship!

John E.D.P. Malin,
Informatica Corporation
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Well researched and interesting 25. Oktober 2014
Von K. A. Sanders - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Not and easy subject, and not a fast read, since much of the information is based on analysis of religious rites and reliefs. Very interesting. A good study of a long overlooked topic.
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