Ancient Egypt

ISBN-10: 019521952X
ISBN-13: 9780195219524
Edition: 2003
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/5/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

The ancient Egyptians created some of the world's most beautiful art and architecture. To this day, this ancient civilization--which produced the great pyramids, the riddle of the Sphinx, and the riches of Tutankhamun--exerts a strong hold on our imaginations. Now, in Ancient Egypt, eminent Egyptologist David P. Silverman and a team of leading scholars explore the cultural wealth of this civilization in a series of intriguing and authoritative essays based on the latest theories and discoveries. Illustrated with more than 200 superb color photographs, maps, and charts, this book illuminates the vivid and powerful symbolic images of this fascinating culture--from pyramids and temples to priests and rituals; from hieroglyphic writing to daily life by the Nile; and from temple carvings to the cult of the dead. Correcting the popular misconception of the Egyptians as a death-obsessed people, the book uses the most recent historical research and archaeological finds to illuminate the routines of daily life in royal, elite, priestly circles, as well as at lower levels of society. We learn, for example, that despite the monochromatic appearance of most temple ruins today, in ancient times they would have been colorful, even gleaming structures; that the title "Pharaoh" derives from the Egyptian phrase per aa, which means "great house" and was originally a reference to the royal palace; that temples employed all manner of part-time and full-time personnel, from farmers and carpenters to scribes, jewelers, and keepers of livestock; and that Egyptian law viewed women as equal to men, and they could, in some cases, wield considerable influence. The ancient Egyptians created some of the world's most beautiful art and architecture. To this day, this ancient civilization--which produced the great pyramids, the riddle of the Sphinx, and the riches of Tutankhamun--exerts a strong hold on our imaginations.

David Silverman is Visiting Professor in the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney. He has lived in London for most ofnbsp;his life, where he attended Christ's College Finchley and did a BSc (Economics) at the London School of Economics in the 1960s. Afterwards,nbsp;he went to the USA for graduate work, obtaining an MA in the Sociology Department, University of California, Los Angeles.nbsp;He returned to LSE to write a PhD on organization theory. This was published as The Theory of Organizations in 1970. Apart from brief spells teaching at UCLA,nbsp;his main teaching career was at Goldsmiths College.nbsp;His three major research projects were on decision making in the Personnel Department of the Greater London Council (Organizational Work, written with Jill Jones, 1975), paediatric outpatient clinics (Communication and Medical Practice, 1987) and HIV-test counselling (Discourses of Counselling,nbsp;1997). He pioneered a taught MA in Qualitative Research at Goldsmiths in 1985 and supervised around 30 successful PhD students. Since becoming Emeritus Professor in 1999,nbsp;he hasnbsp;continued publishing methodology books.nbsp;He has also run workshops for research students in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Besides all this, David's other interests include classical music, literary fiction, bridge, county cricket andnbsp;spending time with hisnbsp;grandchildren.

Introduction
The Egyptian World
The Gift of the Nile
The River in the Sand
Map: The Nile Delta in ancient times
The Nurturing Waters
Map: The Nile flood
The Great Highway
Map: Egypt and the Nile
A Landscape of the Mind
Three Kingdoms and Thirty-Four Dynasties
"Most Ancient Egypt"
The First Nation-State
The Zenith of the Unitary State
The First Challenge to Unity
Map: The 42 provinces of ancient Egypt
The Glorious Twelfth Dynasty
A Second Unravelling
From Recovery to Empire
Disunity and Foreign Rule
A Conquered Kingdom
Egypt and the World Beyond
The Fear of Horus in the South
Egypt and Asia
Egypt and the Mediterranean
Map: Invasions of the "Peoples of the Sea" and "Labu"
Map: The Ptolemaic empire
International Trade and Travel
Map: Egypt and its trade network
The Grip of Empire
Map: The Egyptian empire in the New Kingdom
The Cosmopolitan Realm
The Minelands of the Sovereign
Egypt's Legacy
The Wealth of the Land
The First Farmers
Living off the Land
Hunting, Fishing, Fowling and Foraging
Egypt's Mineral Wealth
Map: Egypt's mineral resources
Managing the Economy
The Settled World
The Rise of Urban Life
Map: Hierakonpolis ca. 4000 3100BCE
Towns and Houses
Capital Cities
Map: Capital cities of ancient Egypt
Royal Palaces
Fortresses
Women in Egypt
Gender and Society
Roles and Images
The Family
Women and Religion
Royal Women
The Boundaries of Knowledge
The Teaching of Knowledge
The Natural World
Mathematics
Medicine
Technology
Magic
The Arts
Belief and Ritual
The Lord of the Two Lands
The Origins of Kingship
The God-King on Earth
The Pharaoh after Death
Human or Divine?
The Celestial Realm
The Egyptian Cosmos
The Heavenly Domain
The Solar Cycle
"Before Two Things"
The One and the Many
The Word of God
Amun the Unknowable
The Heresy of Akhenaten
The Human Sphere
The Cult of the Dead
Attitudes to Death
The Theology of Death: Isis and Osiris
Funerary Literature
Mummification
The Funerary Cult
Communication with the Dead
Ghosts and Exorcism
The Mummy's Curse
The Life of Ritual
Securing the Cosmic Order
The Daily Offering
Ancestor Worship
Ritual and History
Ritual Gestures
Sacred Boats
Divine Births and Marriages
Piety and Priesthood
Ritual Games
Art, Architecture and Language
The Pyramids
Monuments to an Age
Map: Main pyramid sites of Egypt
Ramps to the Sky: the Pyramid and its Complex
Building the Pyramids
The Earliest Pyramids
Giza: the Great Pyramid
Artist's impression: Inside the Great Pyramid
Giza: the Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure
The Great Sphinx
Pyramids of the "Forgotten Pharaohs"
Middle Kingdom Pyramids
Tombs and Temples
The Dwelling Places of the Dead
Royal Tombs
Map: Royal burial sites of Western Thebes
Private Tombs
Cities of the Dead
The Temple
Houses of the Gods
Artist's impression: The temple of Karnak
Royal Mortuary Temples
Egyptian Art
The Potent Image
Predynastic and Early Dynastic Art
Classical Egypt: the Old Kingdom
Regional Styles and Art of the Imperial Age
Art of the Late Period
Art of the Ptolemaic and Roman Periods
The Art of Adornment
Signs, Symbols and Language
Discovering the Key
Scripts and Scribes
Words and Hieroglyphs
The Evolution of the Language
The Signs Speak
Symbol and Image
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
Picture Credits

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