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: 750,120

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This book explores the development of tombs as a culturalphenomenon in ancient Egypt and examines what tombs reveal aboutancient Egyptian culture and Egyptians belief in theafterlife. * Investigates the roles of tombs in the development of funerarypractices * Draws on a range of data, including architecture, artifactsand texts * Discusses tombs within the context of everyday life in AncientEgypt * Stresses the importance of the tomb as an eternal expressionof 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).

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"This work is a rather ambitious attempt to summarize not onlythe development of the burial place in ancient Egypt and itsarchitecture, but also the complex religious significance of thetomb, the attendant rituals and ritual objects as well as funerarytexts. Admittedly, there is a great deal to be said about each ofthese aspects of the burial rite in ancient Egypt and the authorhas essayed a survey that includes a good deal of significantinformation as well as observation." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review,12 November 2011)

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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 theKa. 2. Pits, Palaces and Pyramids: Royal Cemeteries of the EarlyDynastic Period and Old Kingdom. 3. Non-Royal Cemeteries of Dynasty 4. 4. Unas, Teti and their Courts: the Late Old Kingdom atSaqqara. 5. The Tombs of Qar and Idu: Families and Funerals in the LateOld Kingdom. 6. A Growing Independence: Court and Regional Cemeteries in theLate 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 MiddleEgypt. 11. North and South: Middle Kingdom Tombs at the RoyalResidence. 12. Ineni, Senenmut and User-Amun: New Tombs for Old. 13. Rekhmire and the Tomb of the Well-Known Soldier: Foreignersand 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.