Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

by Margaret R. Bunson
     
 

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"Although the civilization along the Nile in ancient Egypt had long fascinated specialist and lay readers alike, Facts On File's Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt was the first single-volume reference to this extraordinary culture, bringing together a wealth of information. This expanded and revised edition now covers the period from Egypt's predynastic era around 3200…  See more details below

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"Although the civilization along the Nile in ancient Egypt had long fascinated specialist and lay readers alike, Facts On File's Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt was the first single-volume reference to this extraordinary culture, bringing together a wealth of information. This expanded and revised edition now covers the period from Egypt's predynastic era around 3200 B.C.E. to the suicide of Cleopatra and Mark Antony in the face of Roman conquest in 30 B.C.E. More than 2,200 alphabetically arranged entries provide accessible and concise information on all aspects of ancient Egypt, from its rulers, gods and goddesses, and cities to artistic themes, religious beliefs, writing, and daily life." Designed for both browsing and ready reference, Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Revised Edition is a concise, accessible guide that will appeal to student and general readers alike.

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This authoritative revision on a perennially popular subject is an ambitious, and on all counts successful examination of the culture of ancient Egypt. More than 2000 alphabetically arranged, accessible entries varying in length from a paragraph to several pages accurately discuss topics such as daily life, dynasties and rulers, religion, gods and goddesses, mortuary rituals, dress, language, geography, foods, art, and architecture, etc. The scope of the earlier edition (Facts On File, 1991) has been broadened with coverage of the periods before the unification of Egypt (circa 3000 B.C.E.) and those following the fall of the New Kingdom (in 1070 B.C.E.). There is also material on the discoveries of the sunken cities of Canopus, Heraklion, and Menouthis, and the results of the DNA studies of mummies. In addition, significant documentation of changes on the political, religious, and social landscape of ancient Egypt is provided. Many of the articles are appended with useful see and see-also references and "Suggested Readings." This volume also boasts detailed and precise lists of the names and dates of the kings and queens, deities, and temple sites, and a brief, but user-friendly chronology of Egypt and neighboring cultures. Eighty black-and-white photos with informative captions and readable maps amplify and expand the narrative. Libraries will want to purchase this resource for students, ancient civilization enthusiasts, and general readers.- Hillary Jan Donitz-Goldstein, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Bunson (an author of reference works) has revised her 1991 reference (which is appropriate for high school and public libraries) to span Egypt's history from the predynastic period to the Roman conquest. The encyclopedia includes entries for people, sites, events, and concepts as well as featuring lengthy entries or inset boxes on major topics such as deities, animals, and the military. A plan and photograph are included for each of the major architectural sites. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Library Journal
Bunson's (coauthor, Encyclopedia of Ancient Mesoamerica) updated and expanded edition remains true to its stated "essential purpose of offering the reader a comprehensive reference to the personalities, topics, issues, and important sites constituting the remarkable civilization that developed and flourished along the Nile." She includes several new sections: "Historical Overview," "Geographical Overview," "Chronology of Major Events," and an appendix entitled "How To Study Ancient Egypt." The main body of the encyclopedia consists of more than 2300 entries, some of which include bibliographical and/or cross-references. Some inconsistency is evident in the treatment of personal names; most are rendered in the Egyptian form rather than the Greek (e.g., "Amenhotep" instead of "Amenophis"), but "Tuthmosis" is used instead of "Thutmose," and users seeking "Sesostris" or "Senusert" are not guided to "Senwosret." VERDICT Aside from the names issue, this is a useful one-stop, ready-reference resource for general readers interested in ancient Egyptian civilization. For a more comprehensive treatment of the subject, the three-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (2001), with entries written by a team of international scholars, is a highly recommended, though much costlier, alternative.—Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816020935
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1991
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.89(w) x 11.29(h) x 1.11(d)

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