The Princeton Dictionary of Ancient Egypt

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"Easily the best single-volume general reference work on ancient Egypt in recent years—nothing on the market can compare to this book. The authors' revision makes this useful book even better."—T. G. Wilfong, University of Michigan

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Overview

"Easily the best single-volume general reference work on ancient Egypt in recent years—nothing on the market can compare to this book. The authors' revision makes this useful book even better."—T. G. Wilfong, University of Michigan

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
This work should be a standard source in university libraries and public libraries with collections on ancient history.
— Shannon Graff Hysell
Choice - C.C. Smith
This moderately priced work is an excellent starting point for anyone attracted to ancient Egypt.
Deseret Morning News - Angelyn N. Hutchinson
This revised edition has the most important discoveries and scholarship in the field in the last 13 years. Shaw and Nicholson each have more than 20 years experience in excavation in Egypt. The book covers 4,000 years of Egyptian civilization, including themes, sites, objects, individuals and historical periods. Among its features are 600 alphabetical entries, revised and enlarged maps and diagrams, and more than 500 illustrations.
Florida Sun-Sentinel - Nicholas A. Basbanes
The Princeton Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt has been thoroughly revised and updated by editors Ian Shaw and Paul Nicholson, and includes important discoveries from the past decade.
American Reference Books Annual - Shannon Graff Hysell
This work should be a standard source in university libraries and public libraries with collections on ancient history.
From the Publisher
"Written in a clear and succinct style that is understandable for general readers, the 600 entries range in length from a brief paragraph to a page or so. . . . [T]his volume's solid and now up-to-date content as well as its attractive price make it a worthwhile addition for most libraries."—Library Journal

Praise for the previous edition: "The best of both worlds: a basic textbook that would not disfigure a coffee table, and a picture book with bite."—Times Higher Education Supplement

Praise for the previous edition: "Broad coverage makes the volume particularly attractive. It sets a standard that all such works should emulate and strive to attain."—Journal of Near Eastern Studies

Praise for the previous edition: "Answers every Egyptian question you can imagine."—New Statesman

Praise for the previous edition: Not only a delight for the general reader, but of genuine use to the student and researcher."—Art Newspaper

"This moderately priced work is an excellent starting point for anyone attracted to ancient Egypt."—C.C. Smith, Choice

"This revised edition has the most important discoveries and scholarship in the field in the last 13 years. Shaw and Nicholson each have more than 20 years experience in excavation in Egypt. The book covers 4,000 years of Egyptian civilization, including themes, sites, objects, individuals and historical periods. Among its features are 600 alphabetical entries, revised and enlarged maps and diagrams, and more than 500 illustrations."—Angelyn N. Hutchinson, Deseret Morning News

"For more than a decade, this attractive single-volume reference has been the most informative and user-friendly dictionary of ancient Egypt available. Written by Shaw and Nicholson, two archaeologists with more than 20 years of excavation experience, The Princeton Dictionary of Ancient Egypt is essential and indispensible. The new edition features a completely revised text, hundreds of illustrations in full color and more than 600 up-to-date alphabetical entries that range from agriculture to Zawiyetel-Mayitin. In short, this excellent work provides concise information on all aspects of Egypt during the pharaonic and Greco-Roman periods."—Tucson Citizen

"The Princeton Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt has been thoroughly revised and updated by editors Ian Shaw and Paul Nicholson, and includes important discoveries from the past decade."—Nicholas A. Basbanes, Florida Sun-Sentinel

"This work should be a standard source in university libraries and public libraries with collections on ancient history."—Shannon Graff Hysell, American Reference Books Annual

Times Higher Education Supplement
Praise for the previous edition: The best of both worlds: a basic textbook that would not disfigure a coffee table, and a picture book with bite.
Journal of Near Eastern Studies
Praise for the previous edition: Broad coverage makes the volume particularly attractive. It sets a standard that all such works should emulate and strive to attain.
New Statesman
Praise for the previous edition: Answers every Egyptian question you can imagine.
Art Newspaper
Praise for the previous edition: Not only a delight for the general reader, but of genuine use to the student and researcher.
Choice
This moderately priced work is an excellent starting point for anyone attracted to ancient Egypt.
— C.C. Smith
Deseret Morning News
This revised edition has the most important discoveries and scholarship in the field in the last 13 years. Shaw and Nicholson each have more than 20 years experience in excavation in Egypt. The book covers 4,000 years of Egyptian civilization, including themes, sites, objects, individuals and historical periods. Among its features are 600 alphabetical entries, revised and enlarged maps and diagrams, and more than 500 illustrations.
— Angelyn N. Hutchinson
Tucson Citizen
For more than a decade, this attractive single-volume reference has been the most informative and user-friendly dictionary of ancient Egypt available. Written by Shaw and Nicholson, two archaeologists with more than 20 years of excavation experience, The Princeton Dictionary of Ancient Egypt is essential and indispensible. The new edition features a completely revised text, hundreds of illustrations in full color and more than 600 up-to-date alphabetical entries that range from agriculture to Zawiyetel-Mayitin. In short, this excellent work provides concise information on all aspects of Egypt during the pharaonic and Greco-Roman periods.
Florida Sun-Sentinel
The Princeton Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt has been thoroughly revised and updated by editors Ian Shaw and Paul Nicholson, and includes important discoveries from the past decade.
— Nicholas A. Basbanes
Library Journal

In this revised edition of their Dictionary of Ancient Egypt(1995), archaeologists Shaw and Nicholson, both of whom have spent many years in Egyptian archaeological excavations and lectured at British universities, update the original entries to include findings made since the 1995 edition. Illustrations, updated bibliographies, and more information on Egyptologists have been added. Written in a clear and succinct style that is understandable for general readers, the 600 entries range in length from a brief paragraph to a page or so. Longer entries include bibliographies; the illustrations are helpful in understanding the text, well chosen, and most often in color. Users should bear in mind that the pages are oversized, feature three columns, and often contain illustrations.
—Denise Johnson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691137629
  • Publisher: British Museum Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2008
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Shaw is senior lecturer in Egyptian archaeology at the University of Liverpool. His books include "The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt" and "Ancient Egyptian Warfare and Weapons". Paul Nicholson is senior lecturer in archaeology at Cardiff University. His books include "Egyptian Faience and Glass" and "Brilliant Things for Akhenaten". Shaw and Nicholson are the coeditors of "Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology".

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