Egyptian mythology has become a permanent part of our culture, though not quite as mainstream as Greek mythology. Nevertheless, anyone will recognize the unique stylistic renderings of Horus or Anubis, and there are plenty of modern retellings that bring these characters to the forefront. This is the Egyptian Mythology and literature timeline.
What’s on the Egyptian Mythology and Literature timeline?
First of all, this is not a timeline of all Egyptian literature. It is mostly concerned with mythology and great works of ancient literature. Great works of modern Egyptian literature are not included.
That said, this timeline also includes various works of pop-culture, those that adapt or are heavily inspired by Egyptian mythology. We cannot include every possible mention of every Egyptian god or mythological storyline, but we’ve included the most prominent.
Likewise, there are a bunch of ancient pieces to the Egyptian mythological puzzle that aren’t included here either. Much of what we know of Egyptian mythology comes from scattered pieces of papyrus, hieroglyphics written on temples and pyramids, and many other unique sources. Scholars can spend their entire lives piecing these all together, and we are not here to provide a comprehensive list. However, we did do a lot of research for this list, and have tried to provide a better list than you will find elsewhere.
If you like this timeline, please visit our Mythology hub, which has links to other mythology and literature timelines, as well as an amalgamation of all of them together.
A note on sorting dates: For complicated sorting reasons, I’ve had to list dates that exist before the common era (BCE) in a unique fashion. I’ve added “00-” to the front, then subtracted the BCE date from 5000. So 1000 BCE would actually be listed as 00-4000. This may seem unnecessarily complicated, but it was the only way I could sort it in the proper order. The BCE dates are listed in the normal way if you click on the item.
Included with The Serpent’s Shadow paperback.
Ancient Egyptian Texts