The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby Wilkinson; Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt by Joyce Tyldesley; and Egyptian Dawn by Robert Temple. Robert Temple, whose Egyptian Dawn claims to expose "the real truth behind ancient Egypt", is part of a long line which includes Erich von Däniken and the hermetic philosophers of the Renaissance.
Another unique feature about the Greek deities was that they didn't have a hand in creating the world. In fact, they themselves were created only after a void state of chaos. We refer to these stories about the Greek gods' supernatural origins and functions as "myths".
It’s the athletic warrior who so often became godlike in Greek culture. The exhibition has plenty of images of the virile Herakles (Hercules in Latin), the hero of epic labors, eventually made a god.
The great monuments raised over the course of 3,000 years endure – but rarely the details of individual lives. Gossip columnists, by and large, kept a low profile on the banks of the Nile. That this was so reflected a natural instinct for self-preservation on the part of any potential satirists.