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The Romance of Ancient Egypt

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Pages: 128

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: John Gunning Seymer

Excerpt from book: was adorned with the lotus. There was an air of regal tranquillity on the features of both, and their eyes seemed to contemplate with the deepest attention the twelve signs of the zodiac1 that surrounded them, the eternal watchers of the circling year. The different destinies of Osiris and Isis, the transient triumph and final subjugation of Typhon2, were darkly portrayed in two other compartments. In one, the goddess was bending over her fallen consort, who was to preside over the fluid kingdom of nature.—See the History of Egypt by the above Sicilian. 1 The apparent motion of the sun through the twelve signs of the zodiac was observed in very remote antiquity, and the Egyptians seem to have made great progress in the science of astronomy, as we learn from Diodorus Siculus. Professor Heeren, in his Description of Thebes and its Monuments, speaks with great admiration of the calm dignity which Egyptian art could throw into the features of their statues, an expression which, he says, is peculiarly suited to a divinity. 1 The story here alluded to is given at large in Diodorus Siculus, in his History of Egypt. He there tells us that Osiris, an ancient king of that country, was slain by his brother Typhon, who headed a rebellion, but was afterwards himself put to death by Isis, wife of Osiris. We find by the above historian, that some of those mortals who were deified in consequence of the benefits they conferred on mankind, received the titles under which the elements and great luminaries had before been worshipped. Thus we see that the king and queen of chapter{Section 4extended on the bank of a river, the ivy-wreath' that adorned his forehead stained with blood, and a withered lotus with its stalk broken lying near him. In the other, Isis was again seen pressing with h...  

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