Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt

by David P. Silverman
     
 

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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

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.

Product Details

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

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 6(2)
PART I: THE EGYPTIAN WORLD 8(96)
CHAPTER 1: THE GIFT OF THE NILE
10(10)
The River in the Sand
10(1)
Map: The Nile Delta in ancient times
11(1)
The Nurturing Waters
12(1)
Map: The Nile flood
13(3)
The Great Highway
16(1)
Map: Egypt and the Nile
17(1)
A Landscape of the Mind
18(2)
CHAPTER 2: THREE KINGDOMS AND THIRTY-FOUR DYNASTIES
20(20)
"Most Ancient Egypt"
20(2)
The First Nation-State
22(2)
The Zenith of the Unitary State
24(2)
The First Challenge to Unity
26(1)
Map: The 42 Provinces of ancient Egypt
27(1)
The Glorious Twelfth Dynasty
28(2)
A Second Unravelling
30(2)
From Recovery to Empire
32(4)
Disunity and Foreign Rule
36(2)
A Conquered Kingdom
38(2)
CHAPTER 3: EGYPT AND THE WORLD BEYOND
40(18)
The Fear of Horus in the South
40(2)
Egypt and Asia
42(2)
Egypt and the Mediterranean
44(1)
Map: Invasions of the "Peoples of the Sea" and "Labu"
45(1)
Map: The Ptolemaic empire
46(2)
International Trade and Travel
48(1)
Map: Egypt and its trade network
49(1)
The Grip of Empire
50(1)
Map: The Egyptian empire in the New Kingdom
50(2)
The Cosmopolitan Realm
52(2)
The Minelands of the Sovereign
54(1)
Egypt's Legacy
55(3)
CHAPTER 4: THE WEALTH OF THE LAND
58(10)
The First Farmers
58(2)
Living off the Land
60(2)
Hunting, Fishing, Fowling and Foraging
62(4)
Egypt's Mineral Wealth
64(1)
Map: Egypt's mineral resources
65(1)
Managing the Economy
66(2)
CHAPTER 5: THE SETTLED WORLD
68(12)
The Rise of Urban Life
68(1)
Map: Hierakonpolis ca. 4000-3100BCE
69(1)
Towns and Houses
70(4)
Capital Cities
74(1)
Map: Capital cities of ancient Egypt
74(2)
Royal Palaces
76(2)
Fortresses
78(2)
CHAPTER 6: WOMEN IN EGYPT
80(10)
Gender and Society
80(2)
Roles and Images
82(2)
The Family
84(2)
Women and Religion
86(2)
Royal Women
88(2)
CHAPTER 7: THE BOUNDARIES OF KNOWLEDGE
90(14)
The Teaching of Knowledge
90(2)
The Natural World
92(2)
Mathematics
94(2)
Medicine
96(2)
Technology
98(2)
Magic
100(2)
The Arts
102(2)
PART II: BELIEF AND RITUAL 104(62)
CHAPTER 8: THE LORD OF THE TWO LANDS
106(8)
The Origins of Kingship
106(2)
The God-King on Earth
108(2)
The Pharaoh after Death
110(2)
Human or Divine?
112(2)
CHAPTER 9: THE CELESTIAL REALM
114(18)
The Egyptian Cosmos
114(2)
The Heavenly Domain
116(2)
The Solar Cycle
118(2)
"Before Two Things"
120(2)
The One and the Many
122(2)
The Word of God
124(2)
Amun the Unknowable
126(2)
The Heresy of Akhenaten
128(2)
The Human Sphere
130(2)
CHAPTER 10: THE CULT OF THE DEAD
132(16)
Attitudes to Death
132(2)
The Theology of Death: Isis and Osiris
134(2)
Funerary Literature
136(2)
Mummification
138(2)
The Funerary Cult
140(2)
Communication with the Dead
142(2)
Ghosts and Exorcism
144(2)
The Mummy's Curse
146(2)
CHAPTER 11: THE LIFE OF RITUAL
148(18)
Securing the Cosmic Order
148(2)
The Daily Offering
150(2)
Ancestor Worship
152(2)
Ritual and History
154(2)
Ritual Gestures
156(2)
Sacred Boats
158(2)
Divine Births and Marriages
160(2)
Piety and Priesthood
162(2)
Ritual Games
164(2)
PART III: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND LANGUAGE 166(76)
CHAPTER 12: THE PYRAMIDS
168(24)
Monuments to an Age
168(1)
Map: Main Pyramid sites of Egypt
169(1)
Ramps to the Sky: the Pyramid and its Complex
170(4)
Building the Pyramids
174(4)
The Earliest Pyramids
178(2)
Giza: the Great Pyramid
180(2)
Artist's impression: Inside the Great Pyramid
182(2)
Giza: the Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure
184(2)
The Great Sphinx
186(2)
Pyramids of the "Forgotten Pharaohs"
188(2)
Middle Kingdom Pyramids
190(2)
CHAPTER 13: TOMBS AND TEMPLES
192(20)
The Dwelling Places of the Dead
192(2)
Royal Tombs
194(1)
Map: Royal burial sites of Western Thebes
195(2)
Private Tombs
197(3)
Cities of the Dead
200(2)
The Temple
202(4)
Houses of the Gods
206(2)
Artist's impression: The temple of Karnak
208(2)
Royal Mortuary Temples
210(2)
CHAPTER 14: EGYPTIAN ART
212(18)
The Potent Image
212(2)
Predynastic and Early Dynastic Art
214(2)
Classical Egypt: the Old Kingdom
216(2)
Regional Styles and Art of the Imperial Age
218(4)
Art of the Late Period
222(2)
Art of the Ptolemaic & Roman Periods
224(2)
The Art of Adornment
226(4)
CHAPTER 15: SIGNS, SYMBOLS AND LANGUAGE
230(12)
Discovering the Key
230(2)
Scripts and Scribes
232(2)
Words and Hieroglyphs
234(2)
The Evolution of the Language
236(2)
The Signs Speak
238(2)
Symbol and Image
240(2)
GLOSSARY 242(1)
BIBLIOGRAPHY 243(3)
INDEX 246(10)
PICTURE CREDITS 256

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