Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt / Edition 2

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Overview

Lionel Casson offers a comprehensive introduction to the people of ancient Egypt. He describes the structure of Egyptian society—the levels from peasant to pharaoh, the nature of the family, and the role of women. He reviews the professions, from the lowliest scribes to the architects and engineers who built the pyramids, and examines the work of sculptors, painters, cabinetmakers, jewelers, and smiths whose hands turned out the sculptures, murals, and objects of beauty that are so prized today. He deals with that key factor in Egyptian life, religion: the nature of the gods; the powerful role played by belief in the afterlife; and the career of one pharaoh, Akhenaten, who attempted to put heretical views into practice.

Originally published in 1975 as The Horizon Book of Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, this revised edition includes a new chapter as well as full documentation of the sources.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Near Eastern Studies
Provides a suitable introduction to Egyptian society for readers newly interested in ancient Egypt or for use in a survey course.

— Vanessa Davies

Lloyd's List
Lionel Casson's scholarship is impeccable.
American Neptune
Casson is one of those rare individuals able to make a highly technical subject not only understandable to the general reader, but interesting as well.
I. Asimov: A Memoir
I was reading one of Casson's books while waiting for [my daughter]... She was late, which would ordinarily have thrown me into a fever of apprehension, but on this occasion I was so wrapped up in the book, I didn't notice. In fact, when she did come back, quite late, I was annoyed because she had interrupted me before I had finished the book. I told Casson this, and he was infinitely pleased.

— Isaac Asimov

I. Asimov: A Memoir - Isaac Asimov
I was reading one of Casson's books while waiting for [my daughter]... She was late, which would ordinarily have thrown me into a fever of apprehension, but on this occasion I was so wrapped up in the book, I didn't notice. In fact, when she did come back, quite late, I was annoyed because she had interrupted me before I had finished the book. I told Casson this, and he was infinitely pleased.
Journal of Near Eastern Studies - Vanessa Davies
Provides a suitable introduction to Egyptian society for readers newly interested in ancient Egypt or for use in a survey course.
Lloyd's List
Lionel Casson's scholarship is impeccable.
American Neptune
Casson is one of those rare individuals able to make a highly technical subject not only understandable to the general reader, but interesting as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801866012
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: revised and expanded edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 683,326
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Lionel Casson is a professor emeritus of classics at New York University and has written many books about life in the ancient world, including Travel in the Ancient World, Everyday Life in Ancient Rome, and Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World, all available from Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents:



List of Illustrations

Preface



I The New Kingdom

II The Social Pyramid

III The Family

IV Women

V On the Farm

VI At Leisure

VII The Professions

VIII Fine Craftsman

IX Religion

X A Maverick Pharaoh

XI The Afterlife

XII Travel

XIII Egypt Under Non-Egyptians



Epilogue

Johns Hopkins University Press

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