Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt

ISBN-10: 0801866014
ISBN-13: 9780801866012
Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)
Authors: Lionel Casson
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List price: $28.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 5/3/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Lionel Casson offers a comprehensive introduction to the people of ancient Egypt. He describes the structure of Egyptian society--the levels from peasant to pharaoh, the nature of the family, and the role of women. He reviews the professions, from the lowliest scribes to the architects and engineers who built the pyramids, and examines the work of sculptors, painters, cabinetmakers, jewelers, and smiths whose hands turned out the sculptures, murals, and objects of beauty that are so prized today. He deals with that key factor in Egyptian life, religion: the nature of the gods; the powerful role played by belief in the afterlife; and the career of one pharaoh, Akhenaten, who attempted to put heretical views into practice. Originally published in 1975 as The Horizon Book of Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, this revised edition includes a new chapter as well as full documentation of the sources. Praise for Lionel Casson: "Lionel Casson's scholarship is impeccable." -- Lloyd's List "Casson is one of those rare individuals able to make a highly technical subject not only understandable to the general reader, but interesting as well." -- American Neptune "I was reading one of Casson's books while waiting for [my daughter]... She was late, which would ordinarily have thrown me into a fever of apprehension, but on this occasion I was so wrapped up in the book, I didn't notice. In fact, when she did come back, quite late, I was annoyed because she had interrupted me before I had finished the book. I told Casson this, and he was infinitely pleased." -- Isaac Asimov

Lionel Casson, professor emeritus of classics at New York University has written many books on ancient maritime history and ancient travel.

List of Illustrations
Preface
The New Kingdom
The Social Pyramid
The Family
Women
On the Farm
At Leisure
The Professions
Fine Craftsmen
Religion
A Maverick Pharaoh
The Afterlife
Travel
Egypt under Non-Egyptians
Epilogue
Chronological Table
Abbreviations
Notes
Index

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