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    DescriptionThe 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 is it the right one? How much do we really know about this great civilization? In this absorbing introduction, Ian Shaw describes how our current ideas about Egypt are based not only on the thrilling discoveries made by early Egyptologists 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 art. Each chapter deals with a different aspect of ancient Egypt, from despotic pharaohs to dismembered bodies, and from hieroglyphs to animal-headed gods. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


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    Title
    Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ian Shaw
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 111 mm
    Height: 174 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 174 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780192854193
    ISBN 10: 0192854194
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA, HBJH
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
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    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
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    DC22: 932.01
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
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    Abridged Dewey: 932
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS009000, HIS002030
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    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAE
    LC classification: DT83, DT61 .S57 2004
    BISAC region code: 3.1.3.0.0.0.0
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    numerous halftones and line drawings
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    21 October 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    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 AncientEgypt.
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction: the story so far ; 2. Discovering and inventing: constructing ancient Egypt ; 3. History: building chronologies and writing histories ; 4. Writing: the origins and implications of hieroglyphs ; 5. Kingship: stereotyping and the 'oriental despot' ; 6. Identity: issues of ethnicity, race, and gender ; 7. Death: mummification, dismemberment, and the cult of Osiris ; 8. Religion: Egyptian gods and temples ; 9. Egyptomania: the recylcing and reinventing of Egypt's icons and images ; REFERENCES ; FURTHER READING ; USEFUL WEBSITES ; GLOSSARY ; TIMELINE ; INDEX