Historical Dictionary of Ancient Egyptby Morris L. Bierbrier
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The great pyramids of Giza, Tutankhamun, the Great Sphinx, Cleopatra, and Ramesses II: the names and achievements of Ancient Egypt are legendary. Situated along the Nile River, the Ancient Egyptian civilization began around 3150 BC and lasted over three millennia until it was conquered by Rome in 31 BC. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Ancient Egypt expands upon the information presented in the first with a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on Egyptian rulers, bureaucrats, and commoners whose records have survived, as well as ancient society, religion, and gods.
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 , #22
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- Barnes & Noble
- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 4 MB
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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