A Dictionary of Ancient Egypt

Paperback | November 1, 1995

byMargaret Bunson

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From Aha, king of the 1st Dynasty at Memphis (2920 B.C.), to the vast complex of pleasure palaces at Zerukha this A-Z dictionary places more than 1,500 entries on the rich world of ancient Egypt right at the reader's fingertips. The first single-volume reference of its kind, The Dictionary ofAncient Egypt vividly combines the historical, religious, creative, artistic, military, and personal details of this venerable civilization on the Nile. This easy-to-use dictionary covers a wealth of information from the Predynastic period around 3,000 B.C. to the fall of the New Kingdom in 1,070 B.C. Here are the many pharaohs who served as the guiding forces of Egypt, such as Djoser, the second king of the 3rd Dynasty, who after dreaming thatthe god Khnum had appeared to him complaining about the sorry state of his shrine, erected a new temple at Elephantine bringing a miraculous end to a famine that plagued Egypt for seven years. And, of course, there is King Tutankhamun, the most well-known pharaoh in modern times because of thediscovery of his tomb. We are introduced to the many Egyptian queens, who whether in command of the country or serving as a consort to the kings, remain intriguing figures in Egyptian history. There is Nefru-Sobek, the eight ruler of the 12th Dynasty, and Tiy, a queen of the 18th Dynasty and thefirst queen of Egypt to have her name on official acts, even on the announcement of the king's marriage to a foreign princess. The mortuary rituals, maintained throughout ancient Egypt's history and evolving over the centuries, are covered, from simple burials on the fringes of the settlement regionand the use of tombs as a place of transfiguration, to the elaborate processes of embalming and mummification. Here also is the art, architecture, and artistic themes that so vividly represent ancient Egyptian cultural expression--the great Step Pyramid, the earliest stone building of its size inthe world; the Great Sphinx, seventy-five feet from base to crown and one-hundred-fifty feet long; scarabs, the beetle shaped amulets associated with the life-giving sun; and Satirical Papyrus, a unique collection of artistic works satirizing the state of the nation during the reigns of the lastRamessid kings. Abundantly illustrated with over 170 maps, charts, and drawings based on reliefs, paintings, and statues, The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt is an extraoridinary compendium of the vitality, daring, and energy of the dynasties of ancient Egypt as they established new horizons of art, architicture,and spiritual insights on the human journey through time.

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Satirical Papyrus, an artistic collection that satirized the Egyptian nation during the reign of the Ramessid kings. Delve into an extraordinary guide illuminating the dynasties of ancient Egypt as they established new horizons of art, architecture and spiritual insights. From gods, rulers and cities to Ancient Egyptian themes, you’ll ...

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From Aha, king of the 1st Dynasty at Memphis (2920 B.C.), to the vast complex of pleasure palaces at Zerukha this A-Z dictionary places more than 1,500 entries on the rich world of ancient Egypt right at the reader's fingertips. The first single-volume reference of its kind, The Dictionary ofAncient Egypt vividly combines the historica...

Margaret Bunson, a writer and illustrator, has had a life-long interest in ancient Egypt and has taught college courses on the subject. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago and has had one-woman shows in the United States and Europe. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Satirical Papyrus, an artistic collection that satirized the Egyptian nation during the reign of the Ramessid kings. Delve into an extraordinary guide illuminating the dynasties of ancient Egypt as they established new horizons of art, architecture and spiritual insights. From gods, rulers and cities to Ancient Egyptian themes, you’ll find the basics and beyond about Egypt in this thorough guide. This easy-to-use dictionary covers a wealth of information and is richly illustrated with more than 170 maps, charts and drawings based on reliefs, paintings and statues. A Dictionary of Ancient Egypt is a must have guide for anyone interested in ancient Egypt.

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"...an intelligent single-volume dictionary on Pharaonic Egypt that provides a real helping hand in coming to terms with the glory that was ancient Egypt."--Ernest Wolf-Gazo, Digest of Middle East Studies