- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 277 pages
- Dimensions: 168mm x 236mm x 12mm | 340g
- Publication date: 31 March 2007
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521616891
- ISBN 13: 9780521616898
- Edition: 2, Revised
- Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
- Illustrations note: 96 b/w illus.
- Sales rank: 302,149
Surveying more than three thousand years of Egyptian civilization, Egypt and the Egyptians offers a comprehensive introduction to this most rich and complex of early societies. From high politics to the concerns of everyday Egyptians, the book explores every aspect of Egyptian culture and society, including religion, language, art, architecture, cities, and mummification. Archaeological and documentary sources are combined to give the reader a unique and expansive view of a remarkable ancient culture. Fully revised and updated, this new edition looks more closely at the role of women in Egypt, delves deeper into the Egyptian Neolithic and Egypt's transition to an agricultural society, and includes many new illustrations. Written for students and the general reader, and including an extensive bibliography, a glossary, a dynastic chronology and suggestions for further reading, this richly illustrated book is an essential resource for anybody wishing to explore the society and civilization of ancient Egypt.
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Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and Director of the Spurlock Museum. Research Associate at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, and Curator of the Joseph and Mary Grimshaw Egyptian Gallery.
Table of contents
Preface; 1. An Egyptian revival; 2. The river, valley and desert; 3. A chronology and history of Egypt; 4. Cities, towns and villages; 5. The government and the governed; 6. Religion and religious practices; 7. Society and its expectations; 8. Language and writing; 9. Homes for the people, the pharaoh, and the gods; 10. The quest for eternity; 11. Egyptian art: craftsmen, techniques and conventions; 12. Cultural death or transformations of a civilization?