Facebook X YouTube Instagram Pinterest NetGalley
Google Books previews are unavailable because you have chosen to turn off third party cookies for enhanced content. Visit our cookies page to review your cookie settings.

Apedemak: Lion God of Meroe (Paperback)

A Study in Egyptian-Meroitic Syncretism

Ancient History > Ancient Egypt & Egyptology > Ancient Egyptian Archaeology

Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Oxbow Classics in Egyptology
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9798888571262
Published: 15th August 2024
Casemate UK Academic

in_stock

£31.96 Introductory Offer

RRP £39.95

You'll be £31.96 closer to your next £10.00 credit when you purchase Apedemak: Lion God of Meroe. What's this?
+£4.99 UK Delivery or free UK delivery if order is over £40
(click here for international delivery rates)

Order within the next 9 hours, 1 minute to get your order processed the next working day!

Need a currency converter? Check XE.com for live rates



The rescue excavation of Egyptian sites in advance of construction of the Assuan Dam contributed greatly to the understanding of the ancient Egyptian and Sudanese civilisations in the Nile valley. This book examines cultural relationships in the last centuries BC and first centuries AD centred on the ancient city of Meroe, which lies on the east bank of the Nile between the Fifth and Sixth Cataracts. It was one of two principal cities, and the centre of political and religious power, of a civilisation that flourished between the 8th century BC and 4th century AD, extending over the area of northern Sudan. The Meroites were strongly influenced by Egyptian religion, architecture and art, adopting Egyptian hieroglyphs but later developing their own hieroglyphic and cursive script – representing the first of the ancient languages of Africa to be committed to writing. They worshipped Egyptian gods alongside their own deities, including Apedemak, here compared with the Egyptian lion-god Mahes and other Egyptian and Nubian lion-gods. A decorative figure found during excavations at Semna South in the Sudan is key to the discussion of the origin of particular features in representations of the Meriotic god and the extension of his worship to the north.

The study, republished here in facsimile, shows that worship of Apedemak can be viewed within a wider framework of a contemporary religious and artistic trend, often referred to as a syncretistic trend or movement, which can be described as a process by which one deity could become assimilated with another with which it could share similar attributes, perform the same functions and exhibit the same representational features. Thus, old Egyptian gods and goddesses, their myths, legends and accoutrements, could be introduced into the new religious centres of Egypt’s southern neighbours, Nubia and Meroe, where they were adapted to new local cults and, in some instances, became associated with the principal native deities.

There are no reviews for this book. Register or Login now and you can be the first to post a review!

Other titles in the series...

Other titles in Oxbow Books...