The Egyptians

The Egyptians


By (author) Sergio Donadoni

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Hardback | 361 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 25mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 23 June 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226155552
  • ISBN 13: 9780226155555
  • Illustrations note: Ill.

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Providing an accessible introduction to the people who lived along the Nile for almost 35 centuries, this collection of essays presents studies of ancient Egyptians arranged by social type - slaves, craftsmen, priests, bureaucrats, pharaohs, peasants and women. From the text the reader learns, for example, that Egyptian peasants could not afford burial (their corpses were abandoned on the desert fringe), and that it wwas the bureaucrats who made the Egyptian system work (the pyramids could not have been built without them). The portraits of individuals merge to create a larger picture of Egyptian culture, state and society. The framework of the Egyptian state, in particular, is touched upon in each essay, describing the meticulous administration and well-organized hierarchical system which fostered centuries of stability and prosperity.

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Table of contents

Introduction Sergio Donadoni Chronology 1: Peasants Ricardo A. Caminos 2: Craftsmen Dominique Valbelle 3: Scribes Alessandro Roccati 4: Bureaucrats Oleg Berlev 5: Priests Sergio Pernigotti 6: Soldiers Sheikh 'Ibada al-Nubi 7: Slaves Antonio Loprieno 8: Foreigners Edda Bresciani 9: The Dead Sergio Donadoni 10: The Pharaoh Erik Hornung 11: Women Erika Feucht Index