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Dreams and nightmares have long puzzled and fascinated, yet this is the first book to explore such visions in the Ancient Egyptian world. The author traces the evidence from the first half of Egypt's long history, the Old Kingdom through the New Kingdom, a time-span of over 1,000 years. The book is arranged thematically, with chapters devoted to the literary use of dreams, to the political use of divine visions, to the technology used to ward away terrorizing nightmares. It also explores the Ramesside Dream Book, a unique text that reveals the desires and anxieties that could inspire an Egyptian's dreams, with images of sex and power, of gods and the dead. All the relevant passages are conveniently translated in an appendix.
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To make the book more readable, most of the transliterations were removed from the published book. For those who might be interested in the source materials, and especially for students, I have created a pdf file of my transliterations of all the texts and have posted it online on my website (email me for further information).About the Author:
Kasia Szpakowska is Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Wales Swansea.
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Book Description Classical Press of Wales, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Published by The Classical Press of Wales in 2003, this is the first hardback printing of Kasia Szpakowska's BEHIND CLOSED EYES: Dreams and Nightmares in Ancient Egypt. 237 pages, blue and gilt cloth binding, the book is in very good condition. The dust jacket is very good with a few minor chips at the corners. It is worth remembering that this book is almost impossible to find and is uber rare. Seller Inventory # 2443