Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

by Margaret R. Bunson
     
 

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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

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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

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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
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This definitive third edition offers approximately 2,000 entries on various aspects of Egyptian life and civilization over several thousand years. Entries have been revised to reflect new information that has been gleaned or discovered since the last edition. The body of the encyclopedia is preceded by a list of maps and other illustrations, historical and geographical overviews, and a chronology of major events; it is followed by a section on how to study ancient Egypt and other appendixes. The text is arranged in two-column pages with the entry in bold print, appropriate dates, and a discussion that can stretch to as many as two or three pages in the case of topics such as funerary rituals; these longer entries are signed. Informatively captioned black-and-white photos, maps, or drawings accompany some pieces, and cross-references often close them. Unfortunately, the volume has some limitations. There is no time line to aid in connecting the various dynasties, and there are too few maps. The glossary is limited, especially for novices, and the entries lack pronunciation guidance. Even given these issues, though, the content makes this a valuable purchase for libraries with a need for material on the topic.—Eldon Younce, Anthony Public Library, KS
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816082162
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Pages:
516
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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