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    DescriptionDeir el-Medina, the village of the workmen who built the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings, is a uniquely rich source of information about life in Egypt between 1539 and 1075 BC. The abundant archaeological remains are complemented by tens of thousands of texts documenting the thoughts and activities of the villagers. Many of the texts are written on papyrus but most are on flakes of limestone which, being free and readily available, were used for even the most casual and temporary of records. They include private letters, administrative accounts, magic spells, records of purchases, last wills and testaments, laundry lists, and love songs. The value of these rare glimpses of daily life is greatly enhanced by the concentration of texts in one time and place. This book combines translations of over 200 of these texts spanning the entire range of preserved genres with stunning illustrations. The reader will, therefore, be able to experience the life of the villagers through their own words whilst viewing places known to each individual writer. Each text is introduced by a commentary that provides the context and explains the contribution each text makes to our understanding of Egyptian society at this period.

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    Village Life in Ancient Egypt
    Laundry Lists and Love Songs
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) A.G. McDowell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 298
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 215 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 358 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199247530
    ISBN 10: 0199247536

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
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    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
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    DC21: 932.014
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030, LIT004190
    DC22: 932.014
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAE
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    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    numerous line drawings
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Clarendon Press
    Publication date
    21 February 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    A. G. McDowell is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania.
    Review quote
    This is one of the best volumes on Deir El Medina, and is an outstanding scholarly achievement, certain to prove useful to Egyptologists and historian alike. Bryn Mawr Classical Review