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Ch 8: Ancient Egyptian Gods

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Learn or review essential information about the ancient Egyptian gods with this mobile-friendly study guide chapter. You can use these fun lessons and quizzes for test preparation, homework help, tutoring or independent learning.

Ancient Egyptian Gods - Chapter Summary

This mobile-friendly chapter offers a comprehensive overview of ancient Egyptian gods. As you work through these informative lessons, you'll examine various sky gods, goddesses and mother goddesses as well as the family trees of several different gods. Our instructors also break down information about these gods' roles and powers. The chapter includes plenty of quizzes to help you reinforce your understanding of the material. Use any computer or mobile device to study, and feel free to reach out to our instructors if you have any questions. When you're finished with the chapter, you'll be able to evaluate facts, symbols, hieroglyphs and myths pertaining to the following ancient Egyptian gods:

  • Horus
  • Anubis
  • Bastet
  • Ra
  • Thoth
  • Hathor
  • Amun
  • Amun-Ra
  • Ptah
  • Khepri
  • Shu
  • Khnum
  • Atum
  • Ammit
  • Khonsu
  • Tefnut

20 Lessons in Chapter 8: Ancient Egyptian Gods
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Ancient Egyptian Gods & Goddesses

1. Ancient Egyptian Gods & Goddesses

Ancient Egyptian cosmology was full of interrelated deities with a shared purpose of maintaining balance. In this lesson, we'll examine a few of the major figures and see what role they had in Egyptian life and religion.

Ancient Egyptian Gods & Goddesses: Names & Family Tree

2. Ancient Egyptian Gods & Goddesses: Names & Family Tree

In this section, you will receive a brief overview of the principal gods and goddesses in ancient Egyptian mythology. A general family tree that connects these gods and goddesses will also be provided.

Amun: Temples, Hieroglyphics & Facts

3. Amun: Temples, Hieroglyphics & Facts

Many scholars think the famous Greek god Zeus was an adaptation of the Egyptian god Amun. Read this lesson to learn more about Amun, his temples, and his hieroglyphic name.

Ra, the Sun God of Ancient Egypt: Facts, Symbol & Powers

4. Ra, the Sun God of Ancient Egypt: Facts, Symbol & Powers

Ra, the Sun God of Ancient Egypt, has an overwhelming presence in ancient Egyptian iconography. Learn about the history of Ra and his powers in this lesson.

Amun-Ra: Temple, Hieroglyphics & Facts

5. Amun-Ra: Temple, Hieroglyphics & Facts

In this lesson we will meet the god Amun-Ra, the supreme god for the Egyptians, as well as some of the myths related to him. Amun-Ra was central to the Egyptian culture so that, knowing him, we will know better the ancient Egyptians.

Egyptian Goddess Bastet: Facts, Symbols & Family Tree

6. Egyptian Goddess Bastet: Facts, Symbols & Family Tree

This lesson will explore the Egyptian goddess known as Bastet. Just one of the many gods worshiped by the ancient Egyptians, this particular goddess is closely associated with the cat. Learn about the symbols, family tree, and facts about Bastet.

Sky God: Names & Mythology

7. Sky God: Names & Mythology

Explore the myths and legends about the gods who ruled the sky according to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and the Native Americans. Learn of specific gods and goddess and their stories.

Mother Goddess: Names & Explanation

8. Mother Goddess: Names & Explanation

Learn about mother goddesses through the mythology of the Babylonians, Greeks, and Egyptians. Explore the some examples of complex female deities in the ancient world.

Horus, Egyptian God: Myth & Concept

9. Horus, Egyptian God: Myth & Concept

In this lesson we explore the Egyptian god of the sky, Horus. We discover the myths surrounding his birth and life, leading to his incredible popularity in ancient Egyptian society.

Egyptian God Anubis: History, Facts & Roles

10. Egyptian God Anubis: History, Facts & Roles

Anubis, the god of the afterlife and judge of the dead, is one of the most recognizable Egyptian deities. In this lesson, we'll explore his history, myths, and roles in ancient Egyptian society.

Egyptian God Thoth: Emerald Tablets, Facts & Quotes

11. Egyptian God Thoth: Emerald Tablets, Facts & Quotes

Thoth was the ancient Egyptian god of writing and knowledge. He is believed to have invented hieroglyphics and written tablets that contained secrets of the world. Read on to learn more about Thoth and these tablets.

Egyptian Goddess Hathor: Story, Facts & Symbols

12. Egyptian Goddess Hathor: Story, Facts & Symbols

Egyptian mythology was full of powerful and complex figures. In this lesson, we'll check out the myths of Hathor and see what role this goddess played in Egyptian civilization.

Who was Ptah? - Definition, Temple & Facts

13. Who was Ptah? - Definition, Temple & Facts

The ancient Egyptian religion had a full pantheon of deities, but few were as influential as Ptah. In this lesson, we'll explore Ptah's role in ancient Egypt and learn how to identify him in Egyptian art.

Ancient Egyptian God Khepri: Mythology, Symbol & Facts

14. Ancient Egyptian God Khepri: Mythology, Symbol & Facts

The scarab beetle is a pervasive symbol in ancient Egyptian religion and was connected to Khepri, the god of the sun and rebirth. Learn more about Khepri's connection to the scarab and the significance of this in this lesson.

Ancient Egyptian God Shu: Myth, Symbol & Facts

15. Ancient Egyptian God Shu: Myth, Symbol & Facts

This lesson travels to ancient Egypt to study the air god, Shu. We'll look at creation myths to see how he was born and his role in creating the earth and sky. We'll also explore his role in the afterlife, his symbol, and the lineage of the Pharaohs.

Ancient Egyptian God Khnum: Temple, Symbol & Facts

16. Ancient Egyptian God Khnum: Temple, Symbol & Facts

Khnum, the god of water, creation of humankind, and fertility was very important to ancient Egyptians. In this lesson, learn about the history and legacy of Khnum.

Ancient Egyptian God Atum: Creation Myth, Appearance & Facts

17. Ancient Egyptian God Atum: Creation Myth, Appearance & Facts

Creation stories are essential to religious traditions, which is why Atum, the creator god, is so important to Egyptian religious. Read more about Atum and how he created the world in this lesson.

Ammit: Mythology, Hieroglyphics & Facts

18. Ammit: Mythology, Hieroglyphics & Facts

This lesson looks at one of the lesser known beings in ancient Egyptian mythology, the monster-goddess Ammit. Within, you'll learn why she is called the Devourer of the Dead, how her name appears in hieroglyphics, and how we know anything about her.

Egyptian God Khonsu: Mythology, Hieroglyphs & Facts

19. Egyptian God Khonsu: Mythology, Hieroglyphs & Facts

The Egyptians worshiped many deities that were embodiments of natural objects, such as Khonsu, the moon god. Read this lesson to learn more about Khonsu's story as both a benevolent and violent deity.

Ancient Egyptian God Tefnut: Mythology, Symbol & Facts

20. Ancient Egyptian God Tefnut: Mythology, Symbol & Facts

The Egyptians took their deities very seriously, but few were as directly relevant as Tefnut. In this lesson, we'll get to know this goddess and see what role she played in Egyptian lives.

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