Historical Dictionary of Ancient Egyptby Morris L. Bierbrier
The "Historical Dictionary of Ancient Egypt" is a quick and accurate ready reference for both the Egyptologist and the non-specialist. It presents the important people and places in ancient Egyptian history as well as those in the history of Egyptology. Coverage is given to ancient Egyptian rulers, bureaucrats, and commoners whose records have survived, to ancient society, religion, and gods, and to the people and places significant to modern archaeological discoveries and scholarship. An important part of this work, not featured in other dictionaries, is a detailed bibliography of the historic periods, archaeological sites, and other important aspects of ancient Egyptian studies. The bibliography presents the most up-to-date monographs on these themes, many of which have appeared only in recent years and may not be known to the public at large.
Author Biography: Morris L. Bierbrier (B.A. McGill University, M.A. University of Toronto, Ph.D., Egyptology, University of Liverpool) is the Assistant Keeper in the British Museum's Department of Egyptian Antiquities. He has been with the British Museum since 1975.
While packed with engaging information, this reference suffers from a conspicuous lack of illustrations. Besides a line drawing of the Nile Valley and a largely uncontextualized segment of 15 black-and-white photos, definitions stand alone. Retired Assistant Keeper of the British Museum's Egyptian Antiquities Bierbrier has revised the edition to incorporate critical new components, like an introductory chronology and an impressive, 115-page bibliography. Organized alphabetically, the entries are accessibly written and contain boldface cross-references. A still more thoroughgoing guide can be found in Oxford's Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. Recommended, in conjunction with an illustrated reference, for Egyptology and ancient history collections.
Savannah Schroll Guz
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
- Publication date:
- Historical Dictionaries of Ancient Civilizations and Historical Eras Ser.
- Product dimensions:
- 8.50(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Meet the Author
Morris L. Bierbrier was Assistant Keeper in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities, British Museum, London for 25 years before his retirement. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
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