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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, Ancient Egypt illuminates the vivid and powerful symbolic images of this fascinating culture - from pyramids and temples to priests and ritual; from hieroglyphic writing to daily life by the Nile; and from temple carvings to the famous cult of the dead. The book uses the most recent historical research and archaeological finds to illuminate the routines of daily life in royal, elite, and priestly circles, as well as at lower levels of society. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful color artwork, Ancient Egypt is an authoritative and accessible guide to the many dimensions of the ancient Egyptian world.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195219524
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/24/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

About the General Editor:
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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