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Living for ever

Mary Renault, 18 September 1980

The Cult of the Immortal 
by Ange-Pierre Leca.
Souvenir, 304 pp., £8.95, July 1980, 0 285 62393 1
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... know what he thought, when seeing the sights of Egypt, about its recipes for personal survival. Dr Leca, in a rather slapdash but still fascinating book, suggests that the first mummies were natural, accidental products of sun and sand and dry air. Mystery may have attached itself to the uncorrupted body found in the desert. Some very early burials have been ...

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