Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

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by Ian Shaw
     
 

ISBN-10: 0192854194

ISBN-13: 9780192854193

Pub. Date: 09/01/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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:
09/01/2004
Series:
Very Short Introductions Series
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
543,771
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 4.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: What is Egyptology?
2. Pyramids: tombs, teabags and extra-terrestrials
3. Hieroglyphs: cracking codes and stalking syntax
4. Pharaohs: 'oriental despots' and the icons of power
5. Mummies: the dead, the undead and the cursed
6. Cults and the occult: the influence of Egypt on religions and secret societies
7. Temples: from Abu Simbel to Vegas
8. Race: 'Black Pharaohs' and Afro-centric history
9. Egyptology in the 21st century
Bibliography
Glossary
Timeline

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