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    DescriptionAn idealised version of women appears everywhere in the art of ancient Egypt, but the true nature of these women's lives has long remained hidden. Robins' book, gracefully written and copiously illustrated, cuts through the obscurity of the ages to show us what the archaeological riches of Egypt really say about how these women lived, both in the public eye and within the family. The art and written records of the time present a fascinating puzzle. But how often has the evidence been interpreted, consciously or otherwise, from a male viewpoint? Robins conducts us through these sources with an archaeologist's relish, stripping away layer after interpretive layer to expose the reality beneath. Here we see the everyday lives of women in the economic, legal, or domestic sphere, from the Early Dynastic Period almost 5,000 years ago to the conquest of Alexander in 332 B.C. Within this kingdom ruled and run by men, women could still wield influence indirectly and in some cases directly, when a woman took the position of king. The exceptional few who assumed real power appear here in colorful detail, alongside their more traditional counterparts. Robins examines the queens' reputed divinity and takes a frank look at the practice of incest within Egypt's dynasties. She shows us the special role of women in religious rites and offices, and assesses their depiction in Egyptian art as it portrays their position in society. By drawing women back into the picture we have of ancient Egypt, this book opens a whole new perspective on one of world history's most exotic and familiar cultures.


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    Title
    Women in Ancient Egypt
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robins
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 172 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 526 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674954694
    ISBN 10: 0674954696
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27440
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA, JFSJ1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.4
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS001000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 41, 51
    DC21: 305.409
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A14202020
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030
    DC22: 305.409
    BISAC V2.8: SOC028000
    B&T Approval Code: A14662000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 305.4/0932
    LC classification: HQ1137.E3 R63 1993
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: HQ1137.E3
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHB, JBSF1, NHC, NHHA
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 October 1993
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    Gay Robins is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History at Emory University.
    Review quote
    Beautiful as they are, Egypt's ladies barely make it into the historical record. We have no firsthand accounts, and their thoughts will eternally remain a mystery...This makes Gay Robins' authoritative Women in Ancient Egypt doubly welcome. Ms. Robins, who teaches Egyptology at Emory University in Atlanta, knows her stuff. In astonishingly few pages, she covers 3,000 years of politics, economics, family, society, religion and art. She backs every statement with the hard evidence of artifacts and texts, and if she offers a theory she marks it as such. Her book stands head and shoulders above sensationalist popularizations...[It] is a book you can trust...Ms. Robins writes clearly and well...[and] provides rewarding fare. Her discussion of marriage...is lively with examples and rich in detail. -- Elizabeth J. Sherman Washington Times This book relies on artistic, archaeological, and written evidence to reconstruct the private and public lives of women in Egypt from approximately 3000 to 300 BCE...Robins analyzes particularly skillfully the challenges and problems inherent in her study, including the familiar problem of trying to reconstruct women's lives when scholars have maintained a persistent silence about them; evidence that may be fragmentary or derived from biased sources; evidence that often excludes entire classes of women; and modern prejudices that encourages errors in interpreting the evidence. Choice
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements Chronology of Ancient Egypt Introduction 1. Royal women and queenship 2. Queens, power, and the assumption of kingship 3. Marriage 4. Fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth 5. The family and the household 6. Women outside the home page 111 7. The economic and legal position of women 8. Women and temple ritual 9. Personal religion and death 10. Images of women in literature and art Conclusion References Bibliography Illustration acknowledgements Index