History of Ancient Egypt: An Introduction

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Overview

Erik Hornung begins his account by taking a brief look at the prehistoric era in Egypt. He then focuses on political events during the period beginning with the reign of "Menes" and closing with the conquest by Alexander the Great. Building on insights drawn from the civilization's surviving texts and monuments, he also describes significant cultural developments, such as changes in burial customs and the building of the Great Pyramids and Sun Temples.

Originally published in German, this important and highly useful survey has been revised throughout for its publication in English. In addition, the English version features over fifty illustrations, an updated bibliography, a glossary, and a chronological table.

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"David Lorton's translation makes available in English a concise, thorough, and well-written introduction to Egyptian history by one of the world's leading Egyptologists. . . . Hornung's expertise in religion is reflected in the insightful treatment of religious developments and their relationship to Egyptian society, ethics, and politics."—Denise M. Doxey, Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Religious Studies Review, Vol. 27, No. 3, July 2001
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801484759
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 947,374
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lorton, an Egyptologist, is the translator of many books, including Erik Hornung's books The Secret Lore of Egypt and Akhenaten and the Religion of Light, both from Cornell.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Maps
Preface
Translator's Note
Chronology
The Archaic Period 1
The Old Kingdom 13
The Middle Kingdom 48
The New Kingdom 76
The Late Period 125
Glossary 149
Bibliography 153
Index 181
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