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The Tomb in Ancient Egypt: Royal and Private Sepulchres from the Early Dynastic Period to the Romans

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A richly illustrated and complete account of the development and significance of the tomb in ancient Egypt.

From the pyramids and royal burial ground in the Valley of the Kings to the tombs of queens such as Ramesses II's consort Nefertari and the far larger number of private tombs of nobles like Rekhmire and Ramose, The Tomb in Ancient Egypt is an unparalleled guide for ...
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Overview

A richly illustrated and complete account of the development and significance of the tomb in ancient Egypt.

From the pyramids and royal burial ground in the Valley of the Kings to the tombs of queens such as Ramesses II's consort Nefertari and the far larger number of private tombs of nobles like Rekhmire and Ramose, The Tomb in Ancient Egypt is an unparalleled guide for Egyptophiles everywhere.

Besides the paintings, reliefs, and statues adorning their walls, many tombs show the breathtaking skill of ancient architects, and autobiographical texts found inside several tombs give rare insights into Egyptian life. We read of Harkhuf's African explorations, returning with the gift of a dancing dwarf to his boy-king, Pepy II, and we learn how General Amenemhab saved his king's life when the king was charged by an enraged elephant.

Written by two experts in the field and the authors of The Mummy in Ancient Egypt, this new book traces burial practices in Egypt over three millennia, from the dawn of Egyptian history to the Roman domination. It also illuminates the work of key scholars who excavated and catalogued their finds for posterity, and it includes a comprehensive list of the principal cemeteries, with glossary and maps for ease of reference. 350 illustrations, 40 in color.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500051399
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 5/26/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,204,193
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Aidan Dodson is Research Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Bristol. Salima Ikram is Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7

Introduction 8

Ch. 1 Egyptian Mortuary Beliefs and the Nature of the Tomb 12

Ch. 2 The Tomb and Society 23

Ch. 3 Construction and Decoration 31

Ch. 4 The Study of the Egyptian Tomb 55

Ch. 5 The Decoration of the Tomb 76

Ch. 6 Predynastic and Early Dynastic Periods 132

Ch. 7 The Old Kingdom 142

Ch. 8 The First Intermediate Period, Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period 186

Ch. 9 The New Kingdom: The Early Years 209

Ch. 10 The New Kingdom: The Amarna Years 229

Ch. 11 The New Kingdom: The Ramesside Years 247

Ch. 12 The Third Intermediate and Saite Periods 270

Ch. 13 The Late and Graeco-Roman Periods 288

Notes 310

Chronology 314

Glossary 318

The Principal Cemeteries 320

Maps 324

Abbreviations and Bibliography 336

Sources of Illustrations 359

Index 360

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