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Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile
     

Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile

by Marjorie Fisher (Editor), Peter Lacovara (Editor), Sue D'Auria (Editor), Salima Ikram (Editor), Chester Higgins Jr (Photographer)
 

2012 American Publishers (PROSE) Awards winner for Best Archaeology & Anthropology Book

For most of the modern world, ancient Nubia seems an unknown and enigmatic land. Only a handful of archaeologists have studied its history or unearthed the Nubian cities, temples, and cemeteries that once dotted the landscape of southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Nubia's

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2012 American Publishers (PROSE) Awards winner for Best Archaeology & Anthropology Book

For most of the modern world, ancient Nubia seems an unknown and enigmatic land. Only a handful of archaeologists have studied its history or unearthed the Nubian cities, temples, and cemeteries that once dotted the landscape of southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Nubia's remote setting in the midst of an inhospitable desert, with access by river blocked by impassable rapids, has lent it not only an air of mystery, but also isolated it from exploration. Over the past century, particularly during this last generation, scholars have begun to focus more attention on the fascinating cultures of ancient Nubia, ironically prompted by the construction of large dams that have flooded vast tracts of the ancient land.

This book attempts to document some of what has recently been discovered about ancient Nubia, with its remarkable history, architecture, and culture, and thereby to give us a picture of this rich, but unfamiliar, African legacy.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This beautifully illustrated volume offers the general reader a survey of this little-known civilization and is highly recommended."—Library Journal

"[B]rings the ancient unknown kingdom of Nubia alive through essays and beautiful photos."—Booklist

"[Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile] is arguably the definitive work on the subject to date. And the on-location lush color photographs of Chester Higgins Jr. are worthy of a volume of their own!"—KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt

Library Journal
Ancient Nubia straddles the present boundary between Egypt and Sudan, with the northern area submerged in the 1960s by the waters of Lake Nasser after the completion of the Aswan High Dam. Fisher (Egyptology, Univ. of Michigan) and the other editors' stated purpose is to produce "a book showing Nubia's vast beauty, as well as the current state of research into its culture." The first of two parts, "History and Culture," a series of essays by international scholars including the editors, explores Nubia's geography, history, archaeology, arts, architecture, daily life, and religion. The focus is on Nubia between roughly 3050 B.C.E. and 641 C.E. The second part, "Gazetteer of Sites (from South to North)," features 48 localities where major archaeological excavations were undertaken. A "Chronological Table of Egypt, Lower Nubia, and Upper Nubia" is provided along with a "Chronology of Kushite Rulers Pre-Dynasty 25, Early Napatan Kings/Kings of Dynasty 25, Napatan Kings, Late Napatan Rulers, Meroitic Kings and Ruling Queens." VERDICT This beautifully illustrated volume offers the general reader a survey of this little-known civilization and is highly recommended. Charles Bonnet and Dominique Valbelle's The Nubian Pharaohs: Black Kings on the Nile is an excellent companion study.—Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789774164781
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date:
09/06/2012
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
915,233
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 12.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Marjorie M. Fisher is adjunct professor of Egyptology at the University of Michigan.

Peter Lacovara is senior curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University.

Sue D'Auria is a former assistant curator at the Huntington Museum of Art, and has edited several books on Egyptology.

Salima Ikram is professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, and has published extensively on a variety of subjects in Egyptology.

Chester Higgins Jr is a world-renowned photographer and author of six books of photography whose work has appeared in ART- news, Essence, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

Zahi Hawass is the former Minister of State for Antiquities, and the author of many books on ancient Egypt.

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