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The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Ancient Egypt / Edition 1

The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Ancient Egypt / Edition 1

by Toby Wilkinson


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Every year, millions of visitors are drawn to Egypt and to museum collections around the world to marvel at the fabulous culture of the pharaohs. The ancient civilization of the Nile Valley offers a bewildering array of kings and dynasties, gods and goddesses, temples and tombs, and this new dictionary provides a handy reference guide to an endlessly fascinating subject.

All the major archaeological sites of Egypt and the Sudan are described, from Abu Ghurab with its ancient sun temples to Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham and its newly excavated fortress. A unique feature of this unrivaled coverage is a separate entry for every king who ruled Egypt, from its birth as a state to its conquest by Alexander the Great. Famous pharaohs such as Ramesses and Tutankhamun are featured alongside lesser-known kings like Rudamun and Takelot. Other entries cover Ancient Egypt's most important queens and courtiers, deities, and major works of literature, as well as general cultural topics such as language and medicine. There are explanations of specialist terms used by Egyptologistsùsuch as ankh, Badarian, and cippusùand of Egyptian civilization's distinctive features, including hieroglyphs and mummification.

From Aba to Zoser, from aegis to zodiac, this book will appeal to tourists, museum visitors, armchair travelers, and serious scholars. 250 illustrations, 150 in color.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500051375
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/31/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.66(w) x 10.40(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Toby Wilkinson's other titles include Lives of the Ancient Egyptians.

Table of Contents

How to use this book6
King-list and chronology8
The dictionary10
Site plans and maps266
Suggestions for further reading270
Sources of illustrations272

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