Life of the Ancient Egyptians

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This lavishly illustrated book conveys the wonder of Ancient Egypt through the daily activities of its people-not the lives of Egypt’s royalty or elite classes, but the typical men and women who composed this magnificent civilization. Exceptional for his range, the volume portrays Egyptian life from birth and childhood through education, love and marriage, occupations, war, and finally the soul’s journey to the netherworld. A particular strength is the coverage of anatomical material and medical texts. Other ...

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Overview

This lavishly illustrated book conveys the wonder of Ancient Egypt through the daily activities of its people-not the lives of Egypt’s royalty or elite classes, but the typical men and women who composed this magnificent civilization. Exceptional for his range, the volume portrays Egyptian life from birth and childhood through education, love and marriage, occupations, war, and finally the soul’s journey to the netherworld. A particular strength is the coverage of anatomical material and medical texts. Other topics include the role of women, fashion, dance and music, agriculture, crafts, and construction of the pyramids and tombs. This in-depth portrait draws on the complete spectrum of sources: artifacts from tombs and settlement sites; inscribed potsherds and ostraca as well as papyri; material from the excavation of homes, shrines, and tomb chapels; reliefs and wall-paintings.

This lavish volume portrays the life of an ancient Egyptian from birth and childhood, through education, love, marriage, occupations, war, and finally the soul's journey to the netherworld. Other topics include the role of women, fashion, dance and music, agriculture, crafts, and construction of the pyramids and tombs. Photographs.

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Portrays the daily life of average people: childhood, education, love and marriage, work, the prospect of the soul's journey to the netherworld. Some 290 illustrations 200 in color highlight depiction of the role of women in ancient Egyptian society, as well as agriculture, fashion, diet, medicine, crafts, the construction of tombs and pyramids. Translated from the Czech by Deryck Viney. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806124759
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1992
  • Pages: 279
  • Sales rank: 1,174,099
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Preface 8
1 The Start of Life 11
2 Carefree Childhood 21
3 Education and Learning 31
4 Courtship and Entertainment 39
5 Marriage and the Standing of Women 51
6 Homes and Communities 63
7 Dress, Adornment and Body Care 77
8 The Bounty of the Black Earth 91
9 Stockbreeding and the Hunt 109
10 The Ancient Egyptians' Diet 125
11 Craftsmen at Work 137
12 Immortality through Art 157
13 Quarries, Boats and Pyramids 169
14 Builders of the Royal Tombs 187
15 The Fortunes of War 201
16 Administrators and Managers 215
17 Inside the Temples 223
18 The Scribes of the Houses of Life 235
19 For Every Malady a Cure 243
20 ...Whence No Traveller Returns 253
Chronology 267
Bibliography 269
Index 273
Map of Ancient Egypt 279
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