Ancient Egypt: Life, Myth, and Art

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Ancient Egypt is a richly illustrated introduction to this extraordinary culture, presenting the art in all its glory, ranging from the breathtaking pyramids and monumental temples to wall paintings, magnificently sculpted statues of kings, queens, and deities, and royal jewelry of exquisite intricacy.

The book covers themes that have long preoccupied the popular imagination, including: the enigmas of the pyramids and the Sphinx; the pharaohs, incarnations of the mighty god Horus, son of Isis and Osiris; the religious mysteries of the great temples of Karnak, Luxor and elsewhere; and the secrets of the hieroglyphs, which remained undeciphered for fourteen hundred years. These major themes, and many more, are interpreted visually through iconography, pattern, motif, and symbolism, as well as in terms of their underlying historical and spiritual significance.

The perfect addition to any library of art and imagination, Ancient Egypt sets new standards in capturing the achievements of a great civilization through the marriage of word and image.

Dr. Joann Fletcher is Honorary Research Fellow at York University and consultant Egyptologist at Harrogate Museums and Arts. She specializes in the history of mummification and has studied mummies on site in Egypt, Yemen and South America as well as in museum collections around the world. Recently she led groundbreaking work in Egypt's Valley of the Kings to re-examine three royal mummies, one of which may be that of Nefertiti—news that has attracted international coverage. She has made numerous appearances on television as well as radio, and writes for both The Guardian newspaper and the BBC's History Online website. Her publications include Egypt's Sun King: Amenhotep III, Ancient Egypt: Life, Myth and Art, The Oils and Perfumes of Ancient Egypt, and has contributed sections in several major guide books to Egypt.
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This beautifully illustrated probe into Egyptology covers many topics including the importance of the Nile, the role of the gods, fashion and clothing, the pyramids, the secrets of hieroglyphics, and the enigma of the Sphinx, to name a few. Fletcher (freelance Egyptologist and director of the NILE educational organization) interprets themes relevant to ancient Egyptian civilization in the light of iconography, pattern, motif, symbolism, and historical and spiritual significance. Specially commissioned artwork, maps and color photographs showcase the culture against the broad context of the civilization's wisdom, spirituality and mythology. Oversize: 10.5x10.5<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760748572
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Image and Imagination 6
The Soul of Ancient Egypt 8
The Story of Ancient Egypt 10
The River of Life 14
The Art of Ancient Egypt 16
Color and Spirit 18
Words of the Gods 20
Glyph and Symbol 24
Symbols in Stone 26
The Sedge and The Bee 28
Bounties of the Black Land 30
Art and Nature 32
Roles and Images 34
Fashion and Finery 36
The Celestial World 38
The Many from the One 40
The Lord of the Horizon 42
The Sacred Scarab 44
Seats of Re: The Pyramids 46
Birthplace of the Sun: Pyramid Forms 50
The Heretic of Amarna 52
The Unknowable Lord 54
The Domain of Amun 56
The Mighty Goddesses 60
Dendera: House of Hathor 64
The Divine Mother 66
The Battles of Horus 70
The Eye of Horus 72
The Sons of Re 74
Lords of the Two Lands 76
Smiting the Foe 78
The Sun Kings 80
The Guardian in the Sand 82
In Fear of Horus 84
The Age of Empire 86
Faith and Glory: Luxor 88
The Face of Power 90
Royal Women 92
The Temple of the Goddess King 96
Wisdom, Rites, and Magic 98
What Thoth Has Written 100
Rites and Festivals 102
Edfu: Palace of the Hawk God 106
The Heavenly Realm 110
The Lady of the Skies 112
Magic and Mysteries 114
Charms and Amulets 116
The Realm of Osiris 118
The Saga of Isis and Osiris 120
Guardians of the Dead 122
Preparing for the Afterlife 124
In the Hall of Osiris 128
Visions of Paradise 130
Creatures of the Underworld 132
The Valley of the Kings 134
Glossary 136
Further Reading 137
Index 138
Picture Credits 144
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