A History of Ancient Egypt / Edition 1

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This is an account of the rise and fall of the civilization in the Nile Valley, covering the first human settlement (c 120,000 BC) to its conquest by Alexander the Great in 333 BC.

  • This is the first history of ancient Egypt for 25 years
  • Brings together the very latest textual and archaeological evidence
  • The index, bibliography and appendices make this an invaluable reference tool
  • New guide to further reading in English especially commissioned for the paperback edition
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Very up-to-date . . . The index, the illustrations, the bibliography and the tables make this book an excellent reference tool." La Croix.

"The range of recent revisions, particularly chronological, and the ever increasing amount of archaeological material demanded a new synthesis. Here it is, both lively and well written." Le Quotidien de Paris.

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Egyptology is still a relatively young historical discipline, having only begun in earnest 150 years ago. Fortunately we have developed in that short time remarkable tools of research that have shed light on many aspects of pharaonic culture--from the complexities of dynastic succession to the establishment of monotheism and the perennial conflict between Egypt and Nubia. Drawing on recent archaeological, scientific, and linguistic discoveries, this book captures the drama and spirit of the great ancient Egyptian civilization, recounting its political, cultural, and economic history to the conquest of Alexander the Great.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631193968
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/3/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 1,046,138
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicolas Grimal is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Paris, Sorbonne.

Ian Shaw is Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Liverpool.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.


Part I: The Formative Period:.

1. From Prehistory to History.

2. Religion and History.

3. The Thinite Period.

Part II: The Classical Age:.

4. The Old Kingdom.

5. Funerary Ideas.

6. The Struggle for Power.

7. The Middle Kingdom.

8. The Invasion.

Part III: The Empire:.

9. The Tuthmosids.

10. Akhenaten.

11. The Ramessid Period.

12. The Domain of Amun.

Part IV: The Final Phase: .

13. The Third Intermediate Period.

14. Nubians and Saites.

15. Persians and Greeks.





Guide to Further Reading by Kent R. Weekes.


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