Society and Death in Ancient Egypt: Mortuary Landscapes of the Middle Kingdom

Society and Death in Ancient Egypt: Mortuary Landscapes of the Middle Kingdom

by Janet Richards
     
 

In Society and Death in Ancient Egypt, Janet Richards considers social stratification in Middle Kingdom Egypt, taking as the point of departure the assumption that a "middle class" arose during this period. By focusing on the entire range of mortuary behavior, rather than on elite remains, she shows how social and political processes can be reconstructed. Richards… See more details below

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In Society and Death in Ancient Egypt, Janet Richards considers social stratification in Middle Kingdom Egypt, taking as the point of departure the assumption that a "middle class" arose during this period. By focusing on the entire range of mortuary behavior, rather than on elite remains, she shows how social and political processes can be reconstructed. Richards demonstrates that the roots of the middle class can be traced to the later Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period. Combining information from excavations, ancient Egyptian texts, and decorative reliefs and statuary, the book weaves together a wide variety of sources that aid us in understanding how Middle Kingdom Egyptians thought about society and death and how their practices and landscapes relating to death reveal information about the living society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521119832
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2009
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1Social differentiation and the notion of class13
2Egyptian society through text and image19
3Society, settlement, and votive behavior32
4People, death, and the "tomb problem" in Egypt49
5Mortuary landscapes in the Middle Kingdom : belief and practice75
6Burial at the center : Haraga and Rigga88
7Cemeteries past, present, and provincial : Abydos125
Conclusion. The Egyptian Nile Valley in the Middle Kingdom : history, politics, and society173
AppAbydos North Cemetery project 1988 : Middle Kingdom burials181

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