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    DescriptionIn Society and Death in Ancient Egypt, Janet Richards considers social stratification in Middle Kingdom Egypt, taking as the point of departure the assumption that a 'middle class' arose during this period. By focusing on the entire range of mortuary behavior, rather than on elite remains, she shows how social and political processes can be reconstructed. Richards demonstrates that the roots of the middle class can be traced to the later Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period. Combining information from excavations, ancient Egyptian texts, and decorative reliefs and statuary, the book weaves together a wide variety of sources that aid us in understanding how Middle Kingdom Egyptians thought about society and death and how their practices and landscapes relating to death reveal information about the living society.


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    Title
    Society and Death in Ancient Egypt
    Subtitle
    Mortuary Landscapes of the Middle Kingdom
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Janet Richards
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 186 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 540 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521119832
    ISBN 10: 0521119839
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: JHMC, HDDG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.6
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: JHBZ
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3B
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/DEATH, CULT/NAFRIC
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030
    LC classification: CC
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAE, 3B
    DC22: 306.0932
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    Thema V1.0: JHMC, JBCC, NKD
    Illustrations note
    88 line figures 29 tones 2 tables
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    17 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Janet Richards is assistant professor of Egyptology and Assistant Curator for Dynastic Egypt in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan. She is Project Director for the University of Michigan's excavations in the Abydos Middle Cemetery, and co-editor of Order, Legitimacy and Wealth in Ancient States.
    Review quote
    Review of the hardback: 'Egyptology is often criticised for an insufficient amount of theory being applied to the evidence; Janet Richard's book, Society and Death in Ancient Egypt: Mortuary Landscapes of the Middle Kingdom, puts paid to that criticism. It combines anthropological/archaeological theory with hard data to come up with a thorough, balanced analysis of burials and what they tell us about social organisation in ancient Egypt in the Middle Kingdom (and indeed in other periods). ... Richard's book is an exemplary piece of work on the application of theory to evidence ... The methodology is sound, her points are cogently argued, and the examples well chosen. The writing is fluid and elegant, making it a joy to read. This book will serve as a template for other works of this nature, and is a book that should grace every scholar and student's bookshelf.' PalArch, Netherlands Scientific Journal Review of the hardback: '... well-written and informative ...' Ancient Egypt
    Table of contents
    Part I. The Study of Ancient Social Systems: 1. Social differentiation and the notion of 'class'; 2. Egyptian society through text and image; 3. Society, settlement, and votive behavior; Part II. Society and Death in Egypt: 4. People, death and the 'tomb problem' in Egypt; 5. Mortuary landscapes in the Middle Kingdom; 6. Burial at the center: Haraga and Riqqa; 7. Cemeteries past, present, and provincial: Abydos; Conclusion: The Egyptian Nile Valley in the Middle Kingdom: History, politics, and society.