Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt

by David P. Silverman
     
 

ISBN-10: 019521952X

ISBN-13: 9780195219524

Pub. Date: 03/24/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press


The ancient Egyptians created some of the world's most beautiful art and architecture. To this day, this ancient civilization--which produced the great pyramids, the riddle of the Sphinx, and the riches of Tutankhamun--exerts a strong hold on our imaginations.

Now, in Ancient Egypt, eminent Egyptologist David P. Silverman and a team of leading scholars

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The ancient Egyptians created some of the world's most beautiful art and architecture. To this day, this ancient civilization--which produced the great pyramids, the riddle of the Sphinx, and the riches of Tutankhamun--exerts a strong hold on our imaginations.

Now, in Ancient Egypt, eminent Egyptologist David P. Silverman and a team of leading scholars explore the cultural wealth of this civilization in a series of intriguing and authoritative essays based on the latest theories and discoveries. Illustrated with more than 200 superb color photographs, maps, and charts, this book illuminates the vivid and powerful symbolic images of this fascinating culture--from pyramids and temples to priests and rituals; from hieroglyphic writing to daily life by the Nile; and from temple carvings to the cult of the dead. Correcting the popular misconception of the Egyptians as a death-obsessed people, the book uses the most recent historical research and archaeological finds to illuminate the routines of daily life in royal, elite, priestly circles, as well as at lower levels of society. We learn, for example, that despite the monochromatic appearance of most temple ruins today, in ancient times they would have been colorful, even gleaming structures; that the title "Pharaoh" derives from the Egyptian phrase per aa, which means "great house" and was originally a reference to the royal palace; that temples employed all manner of part-time and full-time personnel, from farmers and carpenters to scribes, jewelers, and keepers of livestock; and that Egyptian law viewed women as equal to men, and they could, in some cases, wield considerable influence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195219524
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/24/2003
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
410,402
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction6
Pt. IThe Egyptian World8
Ch. 1The Gift of the Nile10
Ch. 2Three Kingdoms and Thirty-Four Dynasties20
Ch. 3Egypt and the World Beyond40
Ch. 4The Wealth of the Land58
Ch. 5The Settled World68
Ch. 6Women in Egypt80
Ch. 7The Boundaries of Knowledge90
Pt. IIBelief and Ritual104
Ch. 8The Lord of the Two Lands106
Ch. 9The Celestial Realm114
Ch. 10The Cult of the Dead132
Ch. 11The Life of Ritual148
Pt. IIIArt, Architecture and Language166
Ch. 12The Pyramids168
Ch. 13Tombs and Temples192
Ch. 14Egyptian Art212
Ch. 15Signs, Symbols and Language230
Glossary242
Bibliography243
Index246
Picture Credits256

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