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The Eastern Libyans

The Eastern Libyans
An Essay


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Egyptology

  • Publication planned for: April 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108082594

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  • The area inhabited by the 'eastern Libyans' of this 1914 work stretches from the Nile valley westward along the coast of north Africa to the western end of the Gulf of Sidra. Libyans had long been portrayed in ancient Egyptian art as a separate race, and the American archaeologist and ethnographer Oric Bates (1883–1918) attempts in this book to identify them as an ethnic group inside the 'Hamitic' family, and to collate and discuss the archaeological and linguistic evidence for their interaction with the massively powerful Egyptian empire. Bates begins with a geographical description of the region, and then examines evidence for the Libyans' origin, using both Egyptian and later Greek writers' comments on their language to suggest that this was an ancient form of Berber. Finally, he discusses evidence for the culture, government and daily life of a society for which written records remain very scanty.

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    • Publication planned for: April 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108082594
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 mm
    • contains: 111 b/w illus. 12 maps
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Physiography of eastern Libya
    2. Ethnology and ethnogeography
    3. Language and writing
    4. Economics
    5. Society and government
    6. Dress and ornamentation
    7. Material culture and art
    8. Religion
    9. History
    Philological index
    General index.

  • Author

    Oric Bates

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