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Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt

Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt


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Written by two distinguished Egyptologists, this long-awaited revision brings ancient Egyptian culture to vivid life. From the treasures of Tut'ankhamun to the shifting sands of the delta, readers are transported to over 90 significant sites and discoveries of ancient Egyptian culture. The book is divided into three sections:
Part one covers the cultural background of Egypt and its geography, archaeology, history, art, and architecture.
Part two takes readers on a journey down the Nile, revealing spectacular monuments, such as the pyramids at Giza, and other culturally significant sites.
Part three focuses on Egyptian society, daily life, religion, the army, and the role of women in society.
The revised edition features the complex systems of hieroglyphic writing, the pyramids and the types and methods of their construction, the work of pioneering British Egyptologist, J.G. Wilkinson, and Egypt in western art.

Praise for the previous edition: "You could practically build your own pyramid after studying some of the stunning photographs and other illustrations." —The New York Times

John is a professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford, England. His publications include Fecundity Figures and a translation of Heinrich Shafer's Principles of Egyptian Art . He resides in Oxford, England.

Jaromir has a doctorate in Egyptology from Charles University, Prague, and is the Editor of the Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs, and Paintings . He resides in Oxford, England.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816040360
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Series: Cultural Atlas Series
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 9.56(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

Table of Contents

Chronological Table8
Part 1The Cultural Setting
The Geography of Ancient Egypt12
The Study of Ancient Egypt22
The Historical background30
Kings of Egypt36
Gallery of Kings38
Art and Architecture56
Conventions of Representation60
Tomb Stelae62
Part 2A Journey down
Boats on the Nile68
Southern Upper Egypt70
John Gardner Wilkinson at Thebes106
Northern Upper Egypt108
Middle Egypt120
The Pyramids: Types and Construction138
The Pyramids: Checklist140
Lower Egypt--The Delta166
Peripheral Regions187
Part 3Aspects of Egyptian Society
Everyday Life190
Scribes and Writing198
The Army202
Women and Men204
The Egyptian Pantheon212
Burial Customs220
Egypt in Western Art, by Helen Whitehouse222
Museums with Egyptian Collections224
List of Illustrations228
List of Maps
The geographical setting of Egypt12
The nomes of Upper Egypt14
The nomes of Lower Egypt15
Population density in the Nile valley16
Delta topography18
Natural resources of ancient Egypt21
Travelers to Egypt and Sudan before 180025
Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt31
The second cataract area in Predynastic times31
Egypt in the Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period33
Egypt in the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period41
The second cataract forts of the Middle Kingdom41
Egypt in the New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period43
Egypt and the Near East (c. 1530-1190 BCE)44
Egypt in the late Third Intermediate Period47
Egypt in the Late Period, with the state of Napata--Meroe (c. 715 BCE - 4th century CE)49
Egypt, the Aegean, and the Near East in the Late Period50
Egypt in the Greco-Roman Period53
The Faiyum in the Greco-Roman Period53
Egypt and the east Mediterranean in the Greco-Roman Period54
Key to regional maps67
Southern Upper Egypt71
The district of Aswan72
The district of Thebes85
Northern Upper Egypt109
Middle Egypt121
The Faiyum131
The district of Memphis135
Location of the pyramids141
Lower Egypt--The Delta167
Lower Nubia179
Upper Nubia186
Oases in the Western Desert187
The distribution of local cults213
Museums with Egyptian collections224

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If you are at all interested in ancient Egypt, BUY THIS BOOK! It covers every topic you could ever think of (although admittedly often not in great depth). It includes a description of almost every Egyptian temple, historical information, and brief discussions about religion, hieroglyphs, and art. Not to be missed are its map of the major pyramids (yes, there are more than just three!) and its chart of the cartouches of major pharaohs. Despite its size, I found it to be extremely useful while traveling in Egypt. This book is also a helpful resource for students.