The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

by Donald B. Redford
     
 

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Featuring 600 original articles written by leading scholars, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt goes far beyond the records of archaeology to make available what we know about the full social, political, religious, cultural and artistic legacy of this 5,000 year civilization.
The Encyclopedia offers the most complete picture available of ancient Egyptian

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Featuring 600 original articles written by leading scholars, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt goes far beyond the records of archaeology to make available what we know about the full social, political, religious, cultural and artistic legacy of this 5,000 year civilization.
The Encyclopedia offers the most complete picture available of ancient Egyptian civilization, from the predynastic era to its eclipse in the seventh century CE. Here is the Egyptian world in illuminating, accessible detail: art, architecture, religion, language, literature, trade, politics, everyday social life and the culture of the court. Of special interest is the coverage of themes and issues that are particularly controversial—such as the new theories of the origins of complex society in the Nile Valley, new discoveries about Greco-Roman Egypt, and new developments in literature, religion, linguistics and other fields, including the debates about Egypt's African legacy.
Extensively illustrated with photographs, line drawings, and maps, the Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt is designed for the widest possible access, serving students, teachers, and scholars in fields ranging from Near East archaeology and classics to ancient art, architecture, history, language and religion, as well as general readers fascinated by a world that remains—even today—incompletely mapped.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Oxford University Press has published a top-notch subject encyclopedia that is exhaustive and accessible. With over 600 articles in 3 volumes, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt is an example of what a quality encyclopedia should be. The articles cover every aspect of ancient Egyptian life from foreign affairs to burial rites. The bibliographies are impressive....should find a prominent place on academic library reference shelves...larger public libraries will aslo want to give it thoughtful consideration."—Against the Grain

"One is not likely to encounter another work of this magnitude on a subject of such universal interest for some time."—Booklist

"...An invaluable resource. Highly recommended."—Library Journal

"...a comprehensive tool that has no rival in its scope and depth...highly recommended for academic and large public libraries."—John R.M. Lawrence, Lawrence Looks at Books, galegroup.com

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Egypt's treasures await in the gold-filled pages of this encyclopedia. The world's finest Egyptologists explain the wonders of the Valley of the Kings, the tomb of Rameses the Great, the Giza pyramids, and the history of a supremely fascinating civilization.
Library Journal
Ancient Egypt fascinates. Until now, though, there has not been a single encyclopedic source for anyone seeking detailed information. It's been worth the wait. The scholars who worked on this encyclopedia are a veritable "Who's Who" of Egyptologists, starting with editor in chief Redford (classics and Mediterranean studies, Pennsylvania State Univ.). The material is as up-to-date as is possible in a printed source. The articles on the Theban necropolis and the Valley of the Kings are written by Kent Weeks, who excavated the tomb of the sons of Rameses the Great, and Zahi Hawass, director of the Giza pyramids, is one of the many scholars who acted as advisers. Despite a few irregularities (e.g., Hatspeshut was not Thutmose I's "Great Wife" but his daughter and wife of Thutmose II), the encyclopedia succeeds very well in distilling the state of scholarship on a variety of subjects. Articles cover the full range of ancient Egyptian topics, and then some. Of course, there are extensive articles about important kings, but other articles include such diverse figures as Moses, Plutarch, and Howard Carter. Broad topics such as historical periods, sites, art, and architecture are joined by more specific articles on dental care, hairstyles, erotica, and horoscopes to create a complex, detailed, and generally very readable text. It is difficult to judge the moderate (about 400) number of illustrations from the galley proof, and many articles (e.g., "hairstyles") would have been even clearer had they been illustrated, but what illustrations are included are clear and well placed. Academic and larger public libraries will find this an invaluable resource. Highly recommended.--Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195102345
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/11/2001
Pages:
1880
Product dimensions:
12.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 4.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Pennsylvania State University

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