The Mind of Egypt: History and Meaning in the Time of the Pharaohs by Jan Assmann | 9780674012110 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Mind of Egypt: History and Meaning in the Time of the Pharaohs

The Mind of Egypt: History and Meaning in the Time of the Pharaohs

by Jan Assmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674012119

ISBN-13: 9780674012110

Pub. Date: 09/28/2003

Publisher: Harvard University Press

The Mind of Egypt presents an unprecedented account of the mainsprings of Egyptian civilization -- the ideals, values, mentalities, belief systems, and aspirations that shaped the first territorial state in human history. Drawing on a range of literary, iconographic, and archaeological sources, the renowned historian Jan Assmann reconstructs a world of unparalleled

Overview

The Mind of Egypt presents an unprecedented account of the mainsprings of Egyptian civilization -- the ideals, values, mentalities, belief systems, and aspirations that shaped the first territorial state in human history. Drawing on a range of literary, iconographic, and archaeological sources, the renowned historian Jan Assmann reconstructs a world of unparalleled complexity, a culture that, long before others, possessed an extraordinary degree of awareness and self-reflection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674012110
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Introduction: The Meaningful Form of History1
Part 1The Predynastic Period and the Old Kingdom
1.The Beginnings27
2.The Old Kingdom46
Part 2The First Intermediate Period
3.Historical Outline81
4.Traces86
5.Messages93
6.Memories106
Part 3The Middle Kingdom
7.Historical Outline117
8.State, Script, Education: Despotism Illuminated from Within121
9.The Politicization of Connective Justice135
10.Wrath and Love: The Two Faces of Power and the Rhetoric of Decision143
11.The Foundation of Connective Justice in the Hereafter: The Judgment of the Dead157
12.The Two Worlds and the Language of Despair169
13.Representation, Mediacy, the "Riven World," and the Problem of Evil183
Part 4The New Kingdom
14.Historical Outline197
15.Cosmotheism as a Form of Knowledge204
16.Akhenaten's Revolution214
17.Personal Piety and the Theology of Will229
18.Ramesses II and the Battle of Qadesh247
19.Changing the Structure of the Past272
20.The Decline of the New Kingdom280
Part 5Theocracy, Polyarchy, Archaism
21.Tanis and Thebes: The Age of Division287
22.Libyan Polyarchy and the State of Napata312
23.Memory and Renewal: The Ethiopian and Saite Renaissance335
Part 6Egypt under the Persians and Greeks
24.Historical Outline367
25.The Demotic Chronicle and the Political Messianism of the Late Period377
26.The Cultural Construction of Otherness: Trauma and Phobia389
27.Re-Membering Osiris409
Conclusion: Egypt as Trace, Message, and Memory421
Abbreviations435
Notes437
Chronology477
Key to the Egyptian Gods485
Index487

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