Dancing for Hathor: Women in Ancient Egypt

Dancing for Hathor: Women in Ancient Egypt


By (author) Carolyn Graves-Brown

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  • Publisher: Hambledon Continuum
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 236mm x 30mm | 558g
  • Publication date: 7 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847250548
  • ISBN 13: 9781847250544
  • Illustrations note: 12 bw illustrations
  • Sales rank: 404,629

Product description

This is a rich and lively account of the women of ancient Egypt from goddesses to dancing girls, queens to housewives. The fragmentary evidence allows us only tantalising glimpses of the sophisticated and complex society of the ancient Egyptians. Carolyn Graves-Brown draws on funerary remains, tomb paintings, architecture and textual evidence to explore all aspects of women in Egypt from goddesses and queens to women as the 'vessels of creation'. This is a wide ranging and revealing account told with authority and verve.

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Author information

Carolyn Graves-Brown is curator at the Egypt Centre, University of Wales Swansea. She also teaches for the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Swansea.

Review quote

'She writes with an obvious enthusiasm for her subject and the anthropological approach that she applies to the women of prehistoric and predynastic Egypt is most welcome... Her stated aim is to write a book that will 'encourage debate' and I have no doubt that she has achieved this ambition.' --Sanford Lakoff

Table of contents

Preface; Chronology; Chapter 1: Rich women, poor women; Chapter 2: Changing worlds; Chapter 3: 'The Egyptians in their manners and customs seem to have reversed the ordinary practices of mankind'; Chapter 4: Birth, life and death; Chapter 5: Women's work; Chapter 6: Sexuality, art and religion; Chapter 7: Queens and harems; Chapter 8: Goddesses; Conclusion.