This book provides an introduction to one of the greatest civilization of all time – ancient Egypt. Beginning with a geographical overview that explains the development of Egyptian belief systems as well as its subsequent political development, it examines methodology, the history of the discipline of Egyptology, religion, social organization, urban and rural life, and death. It also includes a section on how people of all ranks lived. Lavishly illustrated, with many unusual photographs of rarely seen sites that are seldom illustrated, this volume is suitable for use in introductory-level courses on ancient Egypt. It offers a variety of student-friendly features, including a glossary, a bibliography, and a list of sources for those who wish to further their interest in ancient Egypt.Read more
- Focus is on culture rather than on history, contextualizing it in a physical and historical framework
- Student-friendly features, including a glossary, a bibliography, and a list of sources for those who wish to further their interest in ancient Egypt
- Condenses Egyptian cultural history in one volume; focuses on daily life as well as containing information on the more 'official' Egyptian life
Reviews & endorsements
"The great discoveries, the adventures of travelers, the mysteries of the pharaohs, the dance of the mummies, and the fragrances of life along the Nile – ancient Egypt comes to life in the pages of this excellent book!"
Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General, Supreme Council of Antiquities, EgyptSee more reviews
"An ideal introduction to the myriad strands that make up the world of the ancient Egyptians--I recommend it highly and look forward to using it for my students."
Aidan Dodson, University of Bristol
"This book provides an interesting as well as comprehensive read from which even the expert may benefit. It is therefore highly recommended as a starting point for the uninitiated." --BMCR
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- Date Published: December 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521675987
- length: 356 pages
- dimensions: 255 x 179 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.84kg
- contains: 102 b/w illus. 48 colour illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. The black and the red: geography and environment
2. Travellers, thieves, and scholars: the history of Egyptology and Egyptomania
3. Recreating Ancient Egypt: sources and methodologies
4. Shadows in the sand: Egypt's past
5. Maintaining Egypt: religion
6. Kings and commoners: Egyptian society and government
7. Town and country life
8. From sunrise to sunset: daily life of the Ancient Egyptians
9. The living and the dead: mummies, tombs, and mortuary.
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