Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt

by David P. Silverman
     
 

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.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
An intelligently conceived and attractively produced encyclopedia prepared by Duncan Baird Publishers, London, England. Egyptologist/editor Silverman and a team of scholars trace themes in Egyptian history over 3,000 years, exploring Egypt's cultural wealth and detailing routines of daily life at all levels of society. The authoritative essays are based on the latest theories and discoveries, some of which refute popular misconceptions such as the view of Egyptians as death-obsessed people. Virtually every well-designed page includes a captioned illustration or two (some 200 in all); and sidebars and boxed features are interspersed throughout. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195212709
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/01/1997
Series:
Ancient Egyptiann World Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
11.31(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.96(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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