An important survey of ancient Egyptian temples and the rituals associated with their use. Shafer - a renowned Egyptologist - covers the entire pharaonic era, from the Old Kingdom to the Roman period. He offers a fresh perspective on ritual and its cultural significance, demonstrating the role of temples as loci for the creative interplay of sacred space and sacred time. The book challenges the traditional division of temples into the categories of either "mortuary" or "divine", showing that their functions and symbolic representations were, at once, too varied and too intertwined.
Temples, priest and rituals, Byron Shafer; royal cult complexes of the Old and Middle Kingdoms, Dieter Arnold; New Kingdom "mortuary temples" and "mansions of millions of years", Gerard Haeny; the New Kingdom "divine" temple - the example of Luxor, Lanny Bell; temples of Ptolemaic and Roman periods, Ragnhild Bjerre Finnestad.