Abydos Egypt's First Pharaohs and the Cult of Osiris

David O'Connor


The ancient site of Abydos lies between the towering cliffs of the Egyptian high desert and the lush green floodplain of the Nile. As both the burial place of the first kings of Egypt and a cult center for Osiris, god of the dead, this sacred area has long tantalized archaeologists with incredible finds.

With over forty years’ experience of excavation and research at Abydos, David O’Connor is in an unrivaled position to provide the most authoritative and up-to-date account of this unique Egyptian site. Here, for the first time, Professor O’Connor not only explains the complex history of Abydos but also vividly evokes the power that the sacred landscape held for contemporary Egyptians. This beautifully illustrated book will be of interest to anyone who has ever wondered about the origins of one of the greatest civilizations in world history.


In a masterly fashion… does justice to one of ancient Egypt’s most significant archeological sites. Highly recommended

— Choice

…the appearance of an up-to-date book on the site is most welcome.

— Historian

A superbly organized and impressively illustrated history of this seminally important site…The culture, the history, and archeological discoveries superbly presented.

— Midwest Book Review


David O'Connor


David O’Connor is Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.