The ancient Egyptians are an enduring source of fascination-mummies and pyramids, curses and rituals have captured the imagination of generations. We all have a mental picture of ancient Egypt, but how much do we really know about this great civilization?
Ian Shaw describes how our current ideas about Egypt are based not only on discoveries made by early Egyptologist but also on fascinating new kinds of evidence produced by modern scientific and linguistic analyses. He also explores the changing influences on our responses to these finds, through such media as literature, cinema, and contemporary are. Each chapter deals with a different aspect of ancient Egypt, from the despotic pharoahs to dismembered bodies, and from hieroglyphs to animal-headed gods.
About the Author
Ian Shaw is Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Liverpool. He is currently involved in fieldwork at the Gebel el-Asr gneiss quarrying region in Upper Egypt. His books include The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology, and Exploring Ancient Egypt.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: What is Egyptology?
2. Pyramids: tombs, teabags and extra-terrestrials
3. Hieroglyphs: cracking codes and stalking syntax
4. Pharaohs: 'oriental despots' and the icons of power
5. Mummies: the dead, the undead and the cursed
6. Cults and the occult: the influence of Egypt on religions and secret societies
7. Temples: from Abu Simbel to Vegas
8. Race: 'Black Pharaohs' and Afro-centric history
9. Egyptology in the 21st century
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