Texts from the Pyramid Age

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  • Publisher: Brill
  • Format: Hardback | 522 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 246mm x 41mm | 1,111g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Leiden
  • ISBN 10: 9004130489
  • ISBN 13: 9789004130487

Product description

Ancient Egypt is well known for its towering monuments and magnificent statuary, but other aspects of its civilization are less well known, especially its written texts. Now "Texts from the Pyramid Age" provides ready access to new translations of a representative selection of texts ranging from the historically significant to the repetitive formulae of the tomb inscriptions from Old Kingdom Egypt (ca. 2700-2170 B.C.). These royal and private inscriptions, coming from both the secular and religious milieus and from all kinds of physical contexts, not only shed light on the administration, foreign expeditions, and funerary beliefs of the period but also bring to life the Egyptians themselves, revealing how they saw the world and how they wanted the world to see them. Strudwick's helpful introduction to the history and literature of this seminal period provides important background for reading and understanding these historical texts. Like other volumes in the "Writings from the Ancient World" series, this work will soon become a standard with students and scholars alike. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature.

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Nigel C. Strudwick, Ph.D. in Egyptology (1983), University of Liverpool, is Assistant Keeper, Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, at The British Museum. He has worked in Egypt since 1979, since 1984 in the "Tombs of the Nobles" at Luxor. He is the co-author of Thebes in Egypt: A Guide to the Tombs and Temples of Ancient Luxor, and co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture.