People’s University of Athens, Athens, Greece: Wed. 01, Thu. 02 and Fri. 03 February 2017
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The omni–presence of the Divine was manifest in every ancient Egyptian activity, the Egyp¬tians being characterized by Hērodotos as «particularly pious» and Egypt as the «gift of River Nile» [see ΙΙ, 5: « […] ἐπίκτητός τε γῆ καὶ δῶρον τοῦ ποταμοῦ, ... »]. The piety of the Egy¬ptians (who were the most ancient conceivers of Monotheism) was also both a direct and an indirect consequence of their unique environmental conditions, their living space being the theatre of a continuous battle between the river and the desert, between light and dark¬ness, between life and death, the animals and the plants being also part of this very macro–sphere of existence, as well as the minerals and the stones. Interestingly, the heavenly bodies and their irresistible epiphanies and periodicities had also enraptured the minds of ancient Egyptian priests–philosophers, who saw in them the seal of Divine Wisdom and an allegoric model for their highly expected resurrection and life after death in a celestial Paradise of elation, the latter being conceived as a mega–sphere of cosmic dimensions. Finally, the lives of the Egyptians of Antiquity were also determined and inﬂuenced (in their personal and social micro–spheres) by religion and by the Environment per se.