Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt

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Written by two distinguished Egyptologists, this long-awaited revision brings ancient Egyptian culture to vivid life. From the treasures of Tut'ankhamun to the shifting sands of the delta, readers are transported to over 90 significant sites and discoveries of ancient Egyptian culture. The book is divided into three sections:
Part one covers the cultural background of Egypt and its geography, archaeology, history, art, and architecture.
Part two takes readers on a journey down the Nile, revealing spectacular monuments, such as the pyramids at Giza, and other culturally significant sites.
Part three focuses on Egyptian society, daily life, religion, the army, and the role of women in society.
The revised edition features the complex systems of hieroglyphic writing, the pyramids and the types and methods of their construction, the work of pioneering British Egyptologist, J.G. Wilkinson, and Egypt in western art.

Praise for the previous edition: "You could practically build your own pyramid after studying some of the stunning photographs and other illustrations." —The New York Times

John is a professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford, England. His publications include Fecundity Figures and a translation of Heinrich Shafer's Principles of Egyptian Art . He resides in Oxford, England.

Jaromir has a doctorate in Egyptology from Charles University, Prague, and is the Editor of the Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs, and Paintings . He resides in Oxford, England.

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Children's Literature
The authors, both Egyptologists, have collaborated to create a most comprehensive source about the civilization of ancient Egypt. Detailed maps, photographs and drawings accompany a richly meticulous text. The book is broken into three sections. The first part explains the cultural aspects of art, architecture, history, geography and kings. Cartouches of kings' names and photographs of sculptures are included with historical sketches. Some reigns left little trace, while others such as Rameses II and Amenhotep III, were renowned. The central section of the atlas is a journey down the Nile River. Boats, cities and historical ruins are featured. From the temples of Karnak to King Tutankamun's tomb, the reader is treated to informative text and volumes of photographs. In the final section, one is introduced to Egyptian society. Details about everyday life and religion and photographs of artifacts are included. Egyptian influences on Western art and museums containing antiquities are featured. A glossary, index and bibliography make this a valuable tool for those fascinated by ancient Egypt. Although some text may be too detailed for young historians, the illustrations alone make this a valuable source for a social studies classroom. 2000 (orig. 1980), Checkmark Books/Facts on File, $50.00. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Laura Hummel
Booknews
This cultural atlas has 36 maps, but also 500 colorful diagrams, photographs, and explanatory text organized into three major parts. Part one addresses, among other subjects, the geography, study, historical background, kings, art and architecture, and the tomb stelae of Ancient Egypt. Part two's journey down the Nile stops at some 90 sites where significant discoveries have been made or spectacular monuments stand. Part three focuses on the cultural life of ancient Egypt: everyday life, women and men, the army, burial customs, art, and writing. Opening the volume is a chronological grid comparing Egyptian civilization with Syria/Palestine, Mesopotamia/Iran, the Aegean, and Anatolia. Oversize: 9x11.5<"> Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816040360
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Cultural Atlas Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Chronological Table 8
Introduction 10
Part 1 The Cultural Setting
The Geography of Ancient Egypt 12
The Study of Ancient Egypt 22
The Historical background 30
Kings of Egypt 36
Gallery of Kings 38
Art and Architecture 56
Conventions of Representation 60
Tomb Stelae 62
Part 2 A Journey down
Boats on the Nile 68
Southern Upper Egypt 70
Thebes 84
John Gardner Wilkinson at Thebes 106
Northern Upper Egypt 108
Middle Egypt 120
Memphis 134
The Pyramids: Types and Construction 138
The Pyramids: Checklist 140
Lower Egypt--The Delta 166
Nubia 178
Peripheral Regions 187
Part 3 Aspects of Egyptian Society
Everyday Life 190
Scribes and Writing 198
The Army 202
Women and Men 204
Religion 209
The Egyptian Pantheon 212
Burial Customs 220
Egypt in Western Art, by Helen Whitehouse 222
Museums with Egyptian Collections 224
Glossary 226
List of Illustrations 228
Bibliography 231
Gazetteer 234
Index 237
List of Maps
The geographical setting of Egypt 12
The nomes of Upper Egypt 14
The nomes of Lower Egypt 15
Population density in the Nile valley 16
Delta topography 18
Natural resources of ancient Egypt 21
Travelers to Egypt and Sudan before 1800 25
Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt 31
The second cataract area in Predynastic times 31
Egypt in the Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period 33
Egypt in the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period 41
The second cataract forts of the Middle Kingdom 41
Egypt in the New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period 43
Egypt and the Near East (c. 1530-1190 BCE) 44
Egypt in the late Third Intermediate Period 47
Egypt in the Late Period, with the state of Napata--Meroe (c. 715 BCE - 4th century CE) 49
Egypt, the Aegean, and the Near East in the Late Period 50
Egypt in the Greco-Roman Period 53
The Faiyum in the Greco-Roman Period 53
Egypt and the east Mediterranean in the Greco-Roman Period 54
Key to regional maps 67
Southern Upper Egypt 71
The district of Aswan 72
The district of Thebes 85
Northern Upper Egypt 109
Middle Egypt 121
The Faiyum 131
The district of Memphis 135
Location of the pyramids 141
Lower Egypt--The Delta 167
Lower Nubia 179
Upper Nubia 186
Oases in the Western Desert 187
Sinai 188
The distribution of local cults 213
Museums with Egyptian collections 224
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2001

    If you own only one book about Egypt, this should be it

    If you are at all interested in ancient Egypt, BUY THIS BOOK! It covers every topic you could ever think of (although admittedly often not in great depth). It includes a description of almost every Egyptian temple, historical information, and brief discussions about religion, hieroglyphs, and art. Not to be missed are its map of the major pyramids (yes, there are more than just three!) and its chart of the cartouches of major pharaohs. Despite its size, I found it to be extremely useful while traveling in Egypt. This book is also a helpful resource for students.

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