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Illuminating Osiris: Egyptological Studies in Honor of Mark Smith

Edited by Richard Jasnow and Ghislaine Widmer


Illuminating Osiris comprises twenty-seven articles by students, friends, and colleagues in honor of Mark Smith, professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford. Smith is especially renowned as a Demoticist and specialist in ancient Egyptian religion. His numerous Demotic text editions and translations of Egyptian funerary and religious compositions have been enormously influential in the field. The contributions in Illuminating Osiris naturally reflect Smith's particular interests in the religion and literature of Graeco-Roman period Egypt, dealing with cult, rituals, astronomy, and divination, among other subjects. The book includes many editions or reeditions of texts written in Demotic, Hieratic, and Ptolemaic Hieroglyphs. It is profusely illustrated and supplied with detailed indices.

Illuminating Osiris: Egyptological Studies in Honor of Mark Smith

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    MVCAE vol. 2

    498 pages + 30 color plates

    8.5 x 11 inches

    ISBN 978-1-937040-74-1 (hardcover)

    November 2016

  • Table of Contents

    List of Figures

    List of Plates

    List of Tables





    Egyptological Bibliography of Mark Smith


    Art-Making in Texts and Contexts Betsy M. Bryan

    Titbits from Tatters: Bodl. MS. Egypt. d. 19(P) Maria Cannata

    L’Agneau revisité ou la révélation d’un crime de guerre ignoré Michel Chauveau

    A New Date for the “Amarna” Temple Plan in el-Sheikh Said Based on Some Newly Read Inscriptions Mark Depauw

    Une transcription en démotique de deux formules du Rituel des offrandes (O. dém. DelM 2-1) Didier Devauchelle and Ghislaine Widmer

    On the “Immortality” of the God Seth François Gaudard

    La stèle Caire JE 72300 François René Herbin

    Astronomische und astrologische Kleinigkeiten VII: Die Inschrift zu Tages- und Nachtlängen aus Tanis Friedhelm Hoffmann

    Another Praise of the Goddess Ait (O. Sommerhausen 1) Richard Jasnow and Karl-Theodor Zauzich

    Compound Nouns, Especially Abstracts, in Demotic Janet H. Johnson

    Grappling with the Notion of Evil in Ancient Egypt Mpay Kemboly

    Sunshine for the Dead: On the Role and Representation of Light in the Vignette of Book of the Dead Spell 154 and Other Funerary Sources from Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman Egypt Holger Kockelmann

    A Hieratic Tablet from TT 196 Reexamined Andrea Kucharek

    Hyperbole in Demotic Wisdom Nikolaos Lazaridis

    Das Menu-Lied: Eine Anleitung zum Bierbrauen für Hathor in 18 Schritten Christian Leitz

    Of Choachytes and Saints: Demotic Documentary Texts as Sources for Religious Practices Alexandra von Lieven

    A Third-Century Demotic Land Lease (P. BM EA 10858) Cary J. Martin

    Offering the ij.t-Knife to Haroeris in the Temple of Isis at Shanhūr Martina Minas-Nerpel

    Divining Grammar and Defining Foes: Linguistic Patterns of Demotic Divinatory Handbooks (with Special Reference to P. Cairo CG 50138-41) and a Note on the Euphemistic Use of xft “Enemy” Luigi Prada

    Eine weise Stimme der Autorität (Papyrus Amherst Eg. XLIII.1 rt.): Mit Anhängen über Abrechnungen (Papyrus Amherst Eg. XLIII.1 vs. und XLIII.2) Joachim Friedrich Quack

    Pantheistic Figures in Ancient Egypt Robert K. Ritner

    An Egyptian Narrative from Karanis (P. Mich. inv. 5641a) Kim Ryholt

    Retrograde Writing in Ancient Egyptian Inscriptions R. S. Simpson

    Thot und der Skarabäus (Papyrus Wien D 6318) Martin Andreas Stadler

    Grain for Seth and His Divine Companions in Dakhleh (Ostracon Mut 21/4) Günter Vittmann

    A Priestly Letter of Recommendation (P. CtYBR inv. 4628) Sven P. Vleeming

    Statue of Strategos Tryphon from Dendera (SEG LVIII 1823) Aleksandra Warda



    Subject Index

    Index of Names

    Index of Sources

    Index of Selected Egyptian Words in Transliteration Discussed


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