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The Ancient Egyptian State: The Origins of Egyptian Culture (c. 8000-2000 BC)

The Ancient Egyptian State: The Origins of Egyptian Culture (c. 8000-2000 BC)

Paperback Case Studies in Early Societies

By (author) Robert J. Wenke

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 414 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 28mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521574870
  • ISBN 13: 9780521574877
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 98 b/w illus. 4 maps 6 tables
  • Sales rank: 354,016

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This book focuses on the development of Egypt in its formative phase, from c.5200 BC, when Egyptians first began farming wheat and barley, until 2160 BC, as Egypt's central government weakened and appears to have fallen into disorder. During these millennia, which coincide with the Predynastic, Early Dynastic, and Old Kingdom periods, Egyptian civilization became increasingly complex, and many of its greatest pyramids and other monuments were built. Robert Wenke examines this cycle of ancient Egypt's development by analyzing Egyptological, anthropological, and other forms of evidence, which are set into the larger context of early civilizations that developed in various areas of the world. Written in an accessible style, with many anecdotes, quotations, and personal reflections, this book is intended for use in undergraduate and graduate courses on early civilizations and states.

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Robert J. Wenke is a scholar of ancient Egyptian civilization and taught at the University of Washington before he retired. A former director of the American Research Center in Egypt, he has conducted fieldwork throughout the world and is the author of Patterns in Prehistory, now in its fifth edition.

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'This is a book intended for use in undergraduate and graduate courses on early civilisations and states, but as it is written in an accessible style, there is much here to interest and inform anyone interested in the development of ancient Egypt.' Ancient Egypt

Table of contents

1. The significance and interpretation of Ancient Egyptian civilization; 2. Introduction to the Ancient Egyptians and their country; 3. Introduction to the evidence and interpretation of Egyptian antiquity; 4. The neolithic and early predynastic origins of pharaonic civilization; 5. Lords of the two lands - the origins of the first pharaonic states; 6. The pharaonic state in early maturity; 7. Egypt and general analyses of state origins.