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Blending vividly written essays and over a hundred attractive illustrations--including 32 color plates--The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is a stunningly designed and authoritative account of the once glorious civilization on the Nile.
Ranging from 700,000 BC to 311 AD, this volume portrays the emergence and development of Egypt from its prehistoric roots to its conquest by the Roman Empire. The contributors--all leading scholars working at the cutting edge of Egyptology--incorporate the latest findings in archaeological research as they chart the principal political events of Egyptian history, from the rise of the Pharaohs and the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great, to the ascension of the Ptolemies and the coming of Roman legions. The book also includes the first detailed examinations of three periods which were previously regarded as "dark ages." Against the backdrop of the birth and death of ruling dynasties, the writers also examine cultural and social patterns, including stylistic developments in art and literature, monumental architecture, funerary beliefs, and much more. The contributors illuminate the underlying patterns of social and political change and describe the changing face of ancient Egypt, from the biographical details of individuals to the social and economic factors that shaped the lives of the people as a whole.
The only up-to-date, single-volume history of ancient Egypt available in English, The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is a "must read" for everyone interested in one of the great civilizations of antiquity.
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No one does authoritative history better than Oxford University Press. Ian Shaw, an expert in Egyptian archaeology at the University of Liverpool, brings us a detailed look at the period from 700,000 B.C. to A.D. 311. Scholarly yet eminently readable, this is a volume destined for the bookshelf of any serious history buff.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198150343
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 554
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Shaw is Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London.

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Table of Contents

List of Colour Plates
List of Maps and Plans
List of Contributors
1 Introduction: Chronologies and Cultural Change in Egypt 1
2 Prehistory: From the Palaeolithic to the Badarian Culture (c.700,000-4000 B.C.) 17
3 The Naqada Period (c.4000-3200 B.C.) 44
4 The Emergence of the Egyptian State (c.3200-2686 B.C.) 61
5 The Old Kingdom (c.2686-2125 B.C.) 89
6 The First Intermediate Period (c.2160-2055 B.C.) 118
7 The Middle Kingdom Renaissance (c.2055-1650 B.C.) 148
8 The Second Intermediate Period (c.1650-1550 B.C.) 184
9 The 18th Dynasty before the Amarna Period (c.1550-1352 B.C.) 218
10 The Amarna Period and the Later New Kingdom (c.1352-1069 B.C.) 272
11 Egypt and the Outside World 314
12 The Third Intermediate Period (1069-664 B.C.) 330
13 The Late Period (664-332 B.C.) 369
14 The Ptolemaic Period (332-30 B.C.) 395
15 The Roman Period (30 B.C.-A.D. 395) 422
Epilogue 446
Further Reading 447
Glossary 473
Chronology 479
Illustration Sources 485
Index 489
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    Posted November 22, 2007

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    The Oxford historyof Ancient Egypt Rocks

    This book is the best. IT TELLS YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ANCIENT EGYPT. It will rock you from the first dynastie to today.

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