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Following Osiris: Perspectives on the Osirian Afterlife from Four Millenia

Mark Smith


Osiris, god of the dead, was one of the most important deities in ancient Egypt. The earliest secure evidence for belief in him dates to the fifth dynasty (c.2494–2345 BC). He continued to be worshipped until the fifth century AD. This book is concerned with Egyptian conceptions of the relationship between Osiris and the deceased, or what might be called the Osirian afterlife. What was the nature of this relationship and what were the prerequisites for enjoying its benefits? The book does not provide a continuous or comprehensive account of Egyptian ideas on this subject. Rather, it focuses on ... More

Keywords: Osiris, death, resurrection, Egyptian religion, belief in afterlife, religious change, ritual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199582228
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Smith, author
Professor of Egyptology, University of Oxford, and Lady Wallis Budge Fellow in Egyptology, University College, Oxford