Pharaoh's People: Scenes from Life in Imperial Egypt

Pharaoh's People: Scenes from Life in Imperial Egypt

by T. G. H. James
     
 

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Popular interest in ancient Egypt has too often tended to focus on the deeds of rulers, great nobles and priests. In Pharaoh's People, T.G.H. James by contrast examines the daily working lives of ordinary Egyptians. What sort of houses did they live in and how were they furnished? What do we know about their family relationships, their rivalries and quarrels

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Popular interest in ancient Egypt has too often tended to focus on the deeds of rulers, great nobles and priests. In Pharaoh's People, T.G.H. James by contrast examines the daily working lives of ordinary Egyptians. What sort of houses did they live in and how were they furnished? What do we know about their family relationships, their rivalries and quarrels and the daily minutiae of their lives? T.G.H. James has drawn on the evidence of paintings and inscriptions from tombs and temples, from official archives, private correspondence, accounts and dispatches. As he reveals the fascinating intricacies of daily life under the pharaohs, we realise how much our own lives have in common with those who worked along the Nile nearly four thousand years ago.

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"Detailed and lucidly written."--Barry Kemp, Times Literary Supplement
"…the depiction of Egyptian life is both accurate and convincing."-- Bruce Trigger, IJAHS
"A fine book, worthy of recommendation to anyone …"-- J.A.S. Evans, American Historical Review

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James is a former keeper of Egyptian antiquities at the British Museum and author of numerous publications on ancient Egypt. In this study, originally published in England in 1984, surviving Egyptian texts and tomb paintings are used to reconstruct various aspects of daily life and society "during the central point of that...[civilization], the mid-Eighteenth Dynasty (c. 1500-1400 B.C.), a period for which, in Egyptian terms, there is abundant evidence." In the introduction and first chapter, James carefully alerts the reader to the nature of that evidence, indicating the differences in content between official carved hieroglyphic inscriptions and the documents and letters handwritten on the job in hieratic script on papyri and pottery fragments. The titles of the principal chapters indicate the topics covered: "The Vizier and His Role," "Justice for Everybody," "The Bucolic Mode," "Literacy and Status-`Be a Scribe!'," "The Scribe in Action," "Craftsmen in Metal and Wood," "A Desirable Residence," and "Domestic Economy." This fully referenced text is written for the nonspecialist and includes a good, basic bibliography. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.-Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845113353
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
02/06/2007
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.93(d)

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