Egypt from Alexander to the Early Christians: An Archaeological and Historical Guide

Egypt from Alexander to the Early Christians: An Archaeological and Historical Guide

by Roger Bagnall, Dominic W Rathbone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0892367962

ISBN-13: 9780892367962

Pub. Date: 03/01/2005

Publisher: Getty Publications

The thousand years of Egyptian history from the conquest of Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. to the Arab conquest in A.D. 641 are rich in archaeological evidence and well documented by 50,000 papyri in Greek, Egyptian, Latin, and other languages. However, travelers and others interested in the remains of this period are ill-served by most guides to Egypt, which

Overview

The thousand years of Egyptian history from the conquest of Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. to the Arab conquest in A.D. 641 are rich in archaeological evidence and well documented by 50,000 papyri in Greek, Egyptian, Latin, and other languages. However, travelers and others interested in the remains of this period are ill-served by most guides to Egypt, which concentrate on the pharaonic buildings. The dozen leading experts who have contributed to this volume redress the imbalance with clear and concise presentations of the history and documentary evidence from the Hellenistic, Roman, and Late Antique periods, enabling the reader to appreciate the fascinating cities, temples, churches, and tombs from these later periods.
With specially commissioned plans of sites and buildings and room-by-room tours of museums, this book is both a tourist's companion to the principal sites and an armchair guide to the splendors of a little-known and culturally diverse civilization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892367962
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Series:
Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface7
Acknowledgements9
Colour plates96
Main contributors10
1General introduction
1.1Historical background11
1.2Economy and society21
1.3Languages and scripts26
1.4Religion31
1.5Literature36
1.6Architecture and art41
1.7Tourism in antiquity47
2Alexandria, the Delta and northern Sinai
2.1History of the site51
2.2The visible sights58
2.3Alexandria's museums67
2.4The necropoleis69
2.5Environs of Alexandria73
2.6The Delta78
2.7Pelousion and northern Sinai84
3The Memphite region
3.1Old Cairo87
3.2Cairo, the Egyptian Museum89
3.3Giza93
3.4Memphis and Saqqara94
4Christian monasticism and pilgrimage in northern Egypt
4.1Introduction107
4.2Nitria, Kellia and the monasteries of the Wadi Natrun108
4.3Abu Mina and Menouthis115
4.4The Red Sea monasteries120
4.5The Sinai Peninsula123
5The Fayyum
5.1Introduction127
5.2Karanis and the north-east131
5.3Dionysias and the north-west138
5.4Narmouthis, Tebtunis and the south-west142
5.5From Lahun to the centre of the Fayyum152
6Middle Egypt
6.1Introduction155
6.2Herakleopolis, Oxyrhynchos and environs155
6.3Hermopolis, Antinoopolis and cemeteries162
6.4Panopolis, Ptolemais and environs172
6.5Monasteries of Middle Egypt174
7The Theban region
7.1Introduction183
7.2The East Bank186
7.3The West Bank192
7.4Pathyris (Gebelein)204
7.5Hermonthis (Armant)207
8Upper Egypt
8.1Introduction209
8.2Dendera (Tentyra)209
8.3Koptos (Qift)214
8.4Shenhur219
8.5Esna (Latopolis)219
8.6Elkab (Eileithyiaspolis)224
8.7Edfu (Apollonopolis Magna)227
8.8Kom Ombo (Omboi)232
8.9Elephantine (Aswan)237
8.10Philae242
8.11Kalabsha (Talmis)246
8.12Dendur (Tuzis)247
9The western oases
9.1Introduction249
9.2Kharga251
9.3Dakhla262
9.4Bahariya267
9.5Siwa271
10The Eastern Desert
10.1Introduction278
10.2Desert roads and stations280
10.3Quarries285
10.4Ports288
Chronological outline293
Bibliography295
Illustration acknowledgements312
Index313

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