Book ID: CBB003675154

The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts (2017)


Morrow, Susan Brind (Author)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 304
Language: English

Buried in the Egyptian desert some four thousand years ago, the Pyramid Texts are among the world’s oldest poetry. Yet ever since the discovery of these hieroglyphs in 1881, they have been misconstrued by Western Egyptologists as a garbled collection of primitive myths and incantations, relegating to obscurity their radiant fusion of philosophy, scientific inquiry, and religion. Now, in a seminal work, the classicist and linguist Susan Brind Morrow has recast the Pyramid Texts as a coherent work of art, arguing that they should be recognized as a formative event in the evolution of human thought. In The Dawning Moon of the Mind she explains how to read hieroglyphs, contextualizes their evocative imagery, and interprets the entire poem. The result is a magisterial religious and philosophical text revealing a profound consciousness of the world with astonishing parallels to Judeo-Christian culture, Buddhism, and Tantra. More than twenty years in the making, The Dawning Moon of the Mind is a monumental achievement that locates one of the origins of poetic thought in Western culture. Almost before science, art, and written language, these texts set forth the relationship between time and eternity, life and death, history and ideas. In The Dawning Moon of the Mind they emerge in their original luminosity and intelligence alongside a persuasive argument for their central importance to the history of language.

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Authors & Contributors
Belmonte, Juan Antonio
Ricart Cabús, Alejandro
Herz-Fischler, Roger
Demortier, Guy
Wall, John J.
Shaltout, Mosalam
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Archeoastronomy (Supplement to Journal for the History of Astronomy)
Revue des Questions Scientifiques
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
University of Chicago Press
Lockwood Press
Northgate Publishers
Hieroglyphic writing
Building construction
Hooghe, Romeyn de
Kircher, Athanasius
Smith, Edwin W.
Napoleon I, Emperor of France
Time Periods
Early modern
17th century
18th century
Middle and Near East
Hellenistic world

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