Mysterious Lands

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Mysterious Lands covers two kinds of encounters. First, encounters which actually occurred between Egypt and specific foreign lands, and second, those the Egyptians created by inventing imaginary lands. Some of the actual foreign lands are mysterious, in that we know of them only through Egyptian sources, both written and pictorial, and the actual locations of such lands remain unknown. These encounters led to reciprocal influences of varying intensity. The Egyptians also created imaginary lands ...

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Overview

Mysterious Lands covers two kinds of encounters. First, encounters which actually occurred between Egypt and specific foreign lands, and second, those the Egyptians created by inventing imaginary lands. Some of the actual foreign lands are mysterious, in that we know of them only through Egyptian sources, both written and pictorial, and the actual locations of such lands remain unknown. These encounters led to reciprocal influences of varying intensity. The Egyptians also created imaginary lands (pseudo-geographic entities with distinctive inhabitants and cultures) in order to meet religious, intellectual and emotional needs. Scholars disagree, sometimes vehemently, about the locations and cultures of some important but geographically disputed actual lands. As for imaginary lands, they continually need to be re-explored as our understanding of Egyptian religion and literature deepens. Mysterious Lands provides a clear account of this subject and will be a stimulating read for scholars, students or the interested public.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598742077
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Series: Encounters With Ancient Egypt Series
  • Pages: 263
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David O’Connor is Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art, in the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University and former President, American Research Center in Egypt.Stephen Quirke is Curator of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, and a Lecturer in Egyptology at its Institute of Archaeology.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Contributors
List of Figures
A note on transliteration from ancient Egyptian
1 Introduction: Mapping the Unknown in Ancient Egypt 1
2 The Egyptian Concept of the World 23
3 Travel and Fiction in Egyptian Literature 31
4 Locating Punt 53
5 Interpreting Punt: Geographic, Cultural and Artistic Landscapes 81
6 The Emergence of Libya on the Horizon of Egypt 93
7 The Mystery of the 'Sea Peoples' 107
8 "As for them who know them, they shall find their paths": Speculations on Ritual Landscapes in the 'Book of the Two Ways' 139
9 Measuring the Underworld 161
10 The 'Book of the Fayum': Mystery in a Known Landscape 183
11 Mysterious Lands - The Wider Context 203
References 215
Index 239
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