Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

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Overview


The ancient Egyptians are an enduring source of fascination--mummies and pyramids, curses and rituals have captured our imaginations for generations. We all have a mental picture of ancient Egypt, but is it the right one? How much do we really know about this once great civilization?

In this absorbing introduction, Ian Shaw, one of the foremost authorities on Ancient Egypt, describes how our current ideas about Egypt are based not only on the thrilling discoveries made by early Egyptologists but also on fascinating new kinds of evidence produced by modern scientific and linguistic analyses. He also explores the changing influences on our responses to these finds, by examining the impact of Egyptology on various aspects of popular culture such as literature, cinema, opera, and contemporary art. He considers all aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, from tombs and mummies to the discovery of artifacts and the decipherment of hieroglyphs, and from despotic pharaohs to animal-headed gods. From the general reader interested in Ancient Egypt, to students and teachers of ancient history and archaeology, to museum-goers, this Very Short Introduction will not disappoint.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192854193
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 938,822
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Shaw is Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Liverpool. He is currently involved in fieldwork at the Gebel el-Asr gneiss quarrying region in Upper Egypt. His books include The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology, and Exploring Ancient Egypt.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the story so far 1
2 Discovering and inventing : constructing ancient Egypt 29
3 History : building chronologies and writing histories 48
4 Writing : the origins and implications of hieroglyphs 72
5 Kingship : stereotyping and the 'oriental despot' 82
6 Identity : issues of ethnicity, race, and gender 101
7 Death : mummification, dismemberment, and the cult of Osiris 113
8 Religion : Egyptian gods and temples 126
9 Egyptomania : the recycling and reinventing of Egypt's icons and images 137
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