81: The Book of the Dead

Interlude: The Ultimate Underworld Story.


The Book of the Dead might be the most famous piece of writing from ancient Egypt. It is also one of the most misunderstood.


Around 1420 BCE, a royal architect commissioned a book for his tomb. This text is one of the best preserved Books of the Dead from the mid-18th Dynasty. From its unrolled pages, we can explore the journey into the underworld, as experienced by a non-royal Egyptian.


Note: This episode functions as an introduction to the Book of the Dead. As we move forward through the centuries, we will revisit the text to see new developments and additions.


Music for this episode by Jeffrey Goodman, http://www.shelterofclearlight.com/Pages/TearsofIsis.aspx

Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/08/07/episode-81-the-book-of-the-dead/

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