Ancient Egypt

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Overview


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, USA
  • Publication date: 3/24/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 636,880
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

David P. Silverman is currently Curator-in-Charge of the Egyptian Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum and Chairman of the university's Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. His many previous books include Language and Writing in Ancient Egypt, Religion in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Egyptian Kingship, and Masterpieces of Tutankhamun. His fieldwork includes the co-directorship of the University of Pennsylvania/Boston Museum of Fine Arts expedition to record the tombs of the Old and Middle Kingdoms (ca. 2625-1530 BCE).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Pt. I The Egyptian World 8
Ch. 1 The Gift of the Nile 10
Ch. 2 Three Kingdoms and Thirty-Four Dynasties 20
Ch. 3 Egypt and the World Beyond 40
Ch. 4 The Wealth of the Land 58
Ch. 5 The Settled World 68
Ch. 6 Women in Egypt 80
Ch. 7 The Boundaries of Knowledge 90
Pt. II Belief and Ritual 104
Ch. 8 The Lord of the Two Lands 106
Ch. 9 The Celestial Realm 114
Ch. 10 The Cult of the Dead 132
Ch. 11 The Life of Ritual 148
Pt. III Art, Architecture and Language 166
Ch. 12 The Pyramids 168
Ch. 13 Tombs and Temples 192
Ch. 14 Egyptian Art 212
Ch. 15 Signs, Symbols and Language 230
Glossary 242
Bibliography 243
Index 246
Picture Credits 256
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