The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Ancient Egypt

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"Distinguishes itself...with clear, concise entries on a range of subjects."—Archaeology

From Abgig to Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham, this book will appeal to tourists, museum visitors, armchair travelers, and scholars. All the major archaeological sites of Egypt and Sudan are described in this up-to-date guide.

Ancient Egypt offers a bewildering array of kings and dynasties, gods and goddesses, temples and tombs, and this dictionary provides an authoritative reference. Each king receives a separate entry: famous pharaohs such as Ramesses the Great and Tutankhamun are discussed alongside lesser-known kings such as Rudamun and Takelot. Other entries cover ancient Egypt's most important queens and courtiers, its deities and major works of literature, as well as general cultural topics such as language and medicine. There are explanations of specialist terms and of Egyptian civilization's distinctive features, including hieroglyphs and mummification. 316 illustrations, 163 in color.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Supplanting Shaw and Nicholson's Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (Abrams, 2003), this modestly sized, newly revised reference is, to date, the most comprehensive lexicon covering Egyptian and ancient Sudanese cultural, architectural, and geographical terms. Straightforward, alphabetized entries run just over a paragraph in length. Broader topics, such as mummification and animal husbandry, extend beyond a page. Wilkinson's (Genesis of the Pharaohs) chronology covers the period following Egyptian unification in 3000 B.C.E. to Roman rule in 395 C.E. Represented are 19 dynasties, followed by the Macedonian, Ptolemaic, and Roman periods. Recommended for Egyptology and ancient history collections.
—Savannah Schroll Guz

Library Journal
Egyptologist Wilkinson (Genesis of the Pharaohs) here offers a new dictionary on ancient Egypt. Surprisingly, it does not acknowledge any predecessors, such as Ian Shaw and Paul Nicholson's The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt, the first single-volume dictionary of its scope and scholarship in English and a preeminent source on the subject for ten years. Wilkinson's work, which is aimed at both lay readers and specialists, is apparently meant to replace Shaw and Nicholson's work because it attempts "to be the most comprehensive, single-volume dictionary of ancient Egypt currently available in the English language." It is handsomely illustrated with many color photographs, some of them published for the first time. The A-to-Z entries cover a wide range of areas (e.g., archaeological sites, religion, literature, and medicine) and are well written, detailed, and succinct, with an abundance of cross references but with no bibliographies, even when details or facts cry out for documentation. The absence of an index is another handicap. Bottom Line With a bibliography for every entry and an extensive index, Shaw and Nicholson's work remains the essential choice. Those whose budgets allow for additional titles on the subject may opt to add this dictionary.-Joan W. Gartland, Detroit P.L. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500203965
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Toby Wilkinson's other titles include Lives of the Ancient Egyptians.
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Table of Contents

Preface 6
How to use this book 6
Acknowledgments 7
King-list and chronology 8
The dictionary 10
Site plans and maps 266
Suggestions for further reading 270
Sources of illustrations 272
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