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The Ancient Egyptian State
The Origins of Egyptian Culture (c. 8000–2000 BC)


Part of Case Studies in Early Societies

  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521574877

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  • This book focuses on the development of Egypt in its formative phase, from c.5200 BC, when Egyptians first began farming wheat and barley, until 2160 BC, as Egypt's central government weakened and appears to have fallen into disorder. During these millennia, which coincide with the Predynastic, Early Dynastic, and Old Kingdom periods, Egyptian civilization became increasingly complex, and many of its greatest pyramids and other monuments were built. Robert Wenke examines this cycle of ancient Egypt's development by analyzing Egyptological, anthropological, and other forms of evidence, which are set into the larger context of early civilizations that developed in various areas of the world. Written in an accessible style, with many anecdotes, quotations, and personal reflections, this book is intended for use in undergraduate and graduate courses on early civilizations and states.

    • Integrates evidence from Egyptology with that of anthropology, geology, archaeology, and other disciplines
    • Includes anecdotes, quotations and personal reflections, avoiding simply reciting evidence
    • Sets Egyptian civilization in the context of other early states, including a chapter devoted to the epistemological problems of analyses of early civilizations around the world
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    'This is a book intended for use in undergraduate and graduate courses on early civilisations and states, but as it is written in an accessible style, there is much here to interest and inform anyone interested in the development of ancient Egypt.' Ancient Egypt

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521574877
    • length: 414 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 98 b/w illus. 4 maps 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The significance and interpretation of Ancient Egyptian civilization
    2. Introduction to the Ancient Egyptians and their country
    3. Introduction to the evidence and interpretation of Egyptian antiquity
    4. The neolithic and early predynastic origins of pharaonic civilization
    5. Lords of the two lands - the origins of the first pharaonic states
    6. The pharaonic state in early maturity
    7. Egypt and general analyses of state origins.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Egyptian Archaeology
    • Religions of Ancient Egypt
  • Author

    Robert J. Wenke, University of Washington
    Robert J. Wenke is a scholar of ancient Egyptian civilization and taught at the University of Washington before he retired. A former director of the American Research Center in Egypt, he has conducted fieldwork throughout the world and is the author of Patterns in Prehistory, now in its fifth edition.

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