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A detailed resource to the dynasties of approximately 1,500 rulers and royal family members explores their roles in ancient politics, culture, and religion, offering a basic summary of the structure of the pharaonic state and providing a chronological survey from c. 3100 BC and the First Dynasty through Egypt's absorption into the Roman Empire.
This is a story studded with extraordinary achievements and historic moments, from the building of the pyramids and the conquest of Nubia, through Akhenaten's religious revolution, the power and beauty of Nefertiti, the glory of Tutankhamun's burial chamber, and the ruthlessness of Ramesses, to Alexander the Great's invasion, and Cleopatra's fatal entanglement with Rome. As the world's first nation-state, the history of Ancient Egypt is above all the story of the attempt to unite a disparate realm and defend it against hostile forces from within and without. Combining grand narrative sweep with detailed knowledge of hieroglyphs and the iconography of power, Toby Wilkinson reveals Ancient Egypt in all its complexity.
The great pyramids of Giza, Tutankhamun, the Great Sphinx, Cleopatra, and Ramesses II: the names and achievements of Ancient Egypt are legendary. Situated along the Nile River, the Ancient Egyptian civilization began around 3150 BC and lasted over three millennia until it was conquered by Rome in 31 BC. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Ancient Egypt expands upon the information presented in the first with a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on Egyptian rulers, bureaucrats, and commoners whose records have survived, as well as ancient society, religion, and gods.
In Ancient Egypt: State and Society, Alan B. Lloyd attempts to define, analyse, and evaluate the institutional and ideological systems which empowered and sustained one of the most successful civilizations of the ancient world for a period in excess of three and a half millennia. Covering the entirity of the civilization, and featuring a large number of up-to-date translations of original Egyptian texts, Ancient Egyptfocuses on the main aspects of Egyptian culture which gave the society its particular character, and endeavours to establish what allowed the Egyptians to maintain that character for an extraordinary length of time, despiteenduring cultural shock of many different kinds.
How well do we really know ancient Egypt? The world of the Egyptians seems so familiar to us: exhibitions of ancient art and archaeological discoveries in the desert sands continue to generate interest and amazement, while Egyptian motifs appear in architecture, in literature, in art works, in advertising and in films. And yet, so much of what we take for granted is based on quite wildly inaccurate information that has been spreading since the days of classical antiquity and the Renaissance. It is only in the last 200 years that we have even been able to read for ourselves the writings of the ancient Egyptians - so it is hardly surprising that the myths which have built up in the preceding 2,000 years are so tough to dispel. But this is what the internationally acclaimed Egyptologist Thomas Schneider here attempts to do: he asks "What are the 101 single most important questions about ancient Egypt?" The questions he has chosen - and the answers he provides - challenge almost everything we thought we knew about the ancient civilisation in the Nile valley. They range from the surprising ("Why did upper class Egyptians never wear a beard?") to the profound ("Was ancient Egypt a culture of death?") and the provocative ("What do we NOT know about ancient Egypt?") but all the answers will surprise, inspire and challenge a wide range of readers. In the process, they provide a completely fresh way of looking at all aspects of ancient Egypt - from history, art and everyday life to religion and ancient attitudes to death and the afterlife.
The contributions in this special two-volume publication are written by leading scholars from around the world in honor of renowned Egyptologist David O’Connor, in celebration of his long and distinguished career in fruitful excavation in the field, exemplary scholarship on paper, and inspirational teaching in the classroom. Following a tribute and an archaeological biography of Dr. O’Connor, 67 essays cover an array of topics on many aspects of ancient Egyptian history and archaeology. Such a wide-ranging publication is a fitting tribute to a man of so many achievements. Dr. O’Connor is Lila Acheson Wallace professor of ancient Egyptian art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Contributors include Dieter Arnold, John Baines, Robert Bianchi, Manfred Bietak, Betsy Bryan, Rosalie David, Günter Dreyer, Fekri Hassan, Zahi Hawass, Salima Ikram, Janice Kamrin, Naguib Kanawati, Barry Kemp, Peter Lacovara, Mark Lehner, Geoffrey Martin, Tony Mills, Angela Milward-Jones, Karol Mysliwiec, Richard Parkinson, Ali Radwan, Donald Redford, Janet Richards, David Silverman, and Rainer Stadelmann.

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