Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization

Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization

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By (author) Barry J. Kemp

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 189mm x 246mm x 21mm | 989g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1992
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415063469
  • ISBN 13: 9780415063463
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 103 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 1,551,127

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Despite technology and an immensely greater understanding of himself and his world, modern man still lives in societies which are recognizably descended from the patterns of Bronze Age states. Egypt is a particularly well-documented example. Writing from an archaeological perspective, Barry Kemp presents a comprehensive reassessment of Egyptian society, based on new excavation evidence and reinterpretation of existing material. He explores the great shaping forces of ancient Egyptian civilization: political myth and ideology, the bureaucratic utopia of universal provision of work and food, the presentational devices of charismatic rule: and, as well, the tempering effects on people of political and economic experience. Barry Kemp shows us ancient Egypt as a window on mankind, and transforms our understanding of this remarkable civilization.

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""Ancient Egypt is a book full of unusual ideas and fresh assessments provided by a scholar who has closely examined a variety of sites in Egypt . . . its originality should make it required reading for all students of ancient Egypt."-"Times Literary Supplement ." . . this fine book is consistently informative, provocative and stimulating."-"Antiquity "Kemp's study is perhaps the most provocative, thoughtful, and outstanding synthesis on ancient Egypt available in the English language . . . this book will stand for decades as an essential introduction to all interested specifically in ancient Egypt as well as those interested in general archaeology and ancient history."-"Choice "Carefully researched, and written in a comprehensible manner, this is a most recommended book for all students and scholars.."-"The Bibliography of Ancient Egypt

Editorial reviews

There is a danger that the plethora of information on ancient Egypt might make a conventional dynastic history unwieldy to the non-specialist. Here Barry Kemp achieves the seemingly impossible, telling the tale of Egypt's long development from an archaeological viewpoint and seamlessly weaving art, architecture, religion, politics and economics into his narrative so that the past becomes a well-rounded country that we recognize and enjoy. As an introduction to the dynastic age, this book is highly recommended. Every time I read it, I discover something new. (Kirkus UK)