Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death

Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death

Hardback Blackwell Ancient Religions

By (author) Steven Snape


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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Hardback | 306 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 28mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1405120894
  • ISBN 13: 9781405120890
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 1,095,658

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This book explores the development of tombs as a cultural phenomenon in ancient Egypt and examines what tombs reveal about ancient Egyptian culture and Egyptians belief in the afterlife. * Investigates the roles of tombs in the development of funerary practices * Draws on a range of data, including architecture, artifacts and texts * Discusses tombs within the context of everyday life in Ancient Egypt * Stresses the importance of the tomb as an eternal expression of the self

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Author information

Steven Snape is Senior Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Liverpool, Director of Archaeological Collections in Liverpool University s Garstang Museum of Archaeology, and Director of its excavations at the Ramesside fortress-town of Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham. His books include Six Archaeological Sites in Sharqiyeh Province (1986), A Temple of Domitian at El-Ashmunein (1990), Egyptian Temples (1996), and Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham I: The Temple and Chapels (with P. Wilson, 2007).

Review quote

"This work is a rather ambitious attempt to summarize not only the development of the burial place in ancient Egypt and its architecture, but also the complex religious significance of the tomb, the attendant rituals and ritual objects as well as funerary texts. Admittedly, there is a great deal to be said about each of these aspects of the burial rite in ancient Egypt and the author has essayed a survey that includes a good deal of significant information as well as observation." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 12 November 2011)

Back cover copy

Ancient Egyptian tombs were not designed as places where the dead were buried and forgotten. They were the places where carefully preserved bodies were securely stored for eternity. The best of them were architecturally spectacular, richly decorated with carved and painted reliefs, and replete with a range of specialized grave-goods and statues. Their prominent visibility was a reminder of the ongoing relationship between the dead and the living. These collections of extraordinary physical evidence, unique in the ancient world, tell us a great deal about how the Egyptians regarded the afterlife. Using all of the relevant data available, including architecture, artefacts and texts, this book explores the development of the tomb as a cultural phenomenon in Ancient Egypt. The author discusses tombs within the context of everyday life, particularly ongoing social and economic relationships, while stressing the importance of the tomb as an eternal expression of the self.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations. Preface. Introduction. 1. Nameless Lives at Tarkhan and Saqqara Early Tombs and the Ka. 2. Pits, Palaces and Pyramids: Royal Cemeteries of the Early Dynastic Period and Old Kingdom. 3. Non-Royal Cemeteries of Dynasty 4. 4. Unas, Teti and their Courts: the Late Old Kingdom at Saqqara. 5. The Tombs of Qar and Idu: Families and Funerals in the Late Old Kingdom. 6. A Growing Independence: Court and Regional Cemeteries in the Late Old Kingdom. 7. Ankhtify: A Time of Change. 8. Osiris, Lord of Abydos. 9. Lords of Life : Coffins. 10. Strangers and Brothers: The Middle Kingdom in Middle Egypt. 11. North and South: Middle Kingdom Tombs at the Royal Residence. 12. Ineni, Senenmut and User-Amun: New Tombs for Old. 13. Rekhmire and the Tomb of the Well-Known Soldier: Foreigners and Funerals in the Age of Empire. 14. Huya and Horemheb: Amarna and After. 15. Samut and the Ramesside Private Tomb. 16. Sennedjem: Building and Buying at Deir el-Medina. 17. Petosiris: A Dying Tradition. References. Further Reading. Index.