CITY OF THE RAM-MAN
The Story of Ancient Mendes

DONALD B REDFORD
264pp 125 ILLUS 70 DRAWINGS 2010 LIST PRICE: £39.95 G343

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In this richly illustrated book, a renowned archaeologist draws on the latest discoveries – including many of his own – to tell the story of the ancient Egyptian city of Mendes, home of the mysterious cult of the 'fornicating ram who mounts the beauties'. Founded in the remote prehistoric past, inhabited continuously for 5,000 years and abandoned only in the first-century BC, Mendes is a microcosm of ancient Egyptian history. Redford traces the city's history – from its origins, through its development of a great society and its brief period as the capital of Egypt, up to its final decline. Central to the story is millennia of worship dedicated to the lascivious ram-god. The book describes the discoveries of the great temple of the ram and the 'Mansion of the Rams', where the embalmed bodies of the avatars of the god were buried. It also discusses ancient Greek reports that these ram-gods occasionally ritually fornicated with women.