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Ancient Perspectives on Egypt

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The allure of Egypt is not exclusive to the modern world. Egypt also held a fascination and attraction for people of the past. In this book, academics from a wide range of disciplines assess the significance of Egypt within the settings of its past. The chronological span is from later prehistory, through to the earliest literate eras of interaction with Mesopotamia and the Levant, the Aegean, Greece and Rome. Ancient Perspectives on Egypt includes both archaeological and documented evidence, which ranges from ...

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Overview

The allure of Egypt is not exclusive to the modern world. Egypt also held a fascination and attraction for people of the past. In this book, academics from a wide range of disciplines assess the significance of Egypt within the settings of its past. The chronological span is from later prehistory, through to the earliest literate eras of interaction with Mesopotamia and the Levant, the Aegean, Greece and Rome. Ancient Perspectives on Egypt includes both archaeological and documented evidence, which ranges from the earliest writing attested in Egypt and Mesopotamia in the late fourth millennium BC, to graffiti from Abydos that demonstrate pilgrimages from all over the Mediterranean world, to the views of Roman poets on the nature of Egypt. This book presents, for the first time in a single volume, a multi-faceted but coherent collection of images of Egypt from, and of, the past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844720026
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Series: Encounters with Ancient Egypt Series
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Matthews is Lecturer in the Archaeology of Wetsern Asia at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL.

Cornelia Roemer is Professor of Papyrology at UCL.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Contributors
List of Figures
A note on transliteration from ancient Egyptian
1 Introduction: the Worlds of Ancient Egypt - Aspects, Sources, Interactions 1
2 South Levantine Encounters with Ancient Egypt at the Beginning of the Third Millennium 21
3 Egyptian Stone Vessels and the Politics of Exchange (2617-1070 B.C.) 39
4 Reconstructing the Role of Egyptian Culture in the Value Regimes of the Bronze Age Aegean: Stone Vessels and their Social Contexts 57
5 Love and War in the Late Bronze Age: Egypt and Hatti 75
6 Egypt and Mesopotamia in the Late Bronze and Iron Ages 101
7 Finding the Egyptian in Early Greek Art 115
8 Upside Down and Back to Front: Herodotus and the Greek Encounter with Egypt 145
9 Encounters with Ancient Egypt: The Hellenistic Greek Experience 157
10 Pilgrimage in Greco-Roman Egypt: New Perspectives on Graffiti from the Memnonion at Abydos 171
11 Carry-on at Canopus: the Nilotic mosaic from Palestrina and Roman Attitudes to Egypt 191
12 Roman Poets on Egypt 203
References 217
Index 1: place names 243
Index 2: names of people, peoples and deities 247
Index 3: topics 251
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