Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 16, 2004

byIan Shaw

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The ancient Egyptians are an enduring source of fascination - mummies and pyramids, curses and rituals have captured the imagination of generations. We all have a mental picture of ancient Egypt, but is it the right one? How much do we really know about this great civilization?In this absorbing introduction, Ian Shaw describes how our current ideas about Egypt are based not only on the thrilling discoveries made by early Egyptologists but also on fascinating new kinds of evidence produced bymodern scientific and linguistic analyses. He also explores the changing influences on our responses to these finds, through such media as literature, cinema and contemporary art. Each chapter deals with a different aspect of ancient Egypt, from despotic pharaohs to dismembered bodies, and fromhieroglyphs to animal-headed gods. LL L L

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The ancient Egyptians are an enduring source of fascination - mummies and pyramids, curses and rituals have captured the imagination of generations. We all have a mental picture of ancient Egypt, but is it the right one? How much do we really know about this great civilization?In this absorbing introduction, Ian Shaw describes how our ...

Ian Shaw studied Archaeology and Egyptology at Cambridge University from 1979 to 1983. He obtained his PhD (a study of the artefacts at el-Amarna) from Wolfson College, Cambridge University in 1987. From 1986 to 1990 he edited the ancient Egyptian section of the Macmillan Dictionary of Art. From 1990 to 1994, he undertook research int...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.48 inPublished:August 16, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction: the story so far2. Discovering and inventing: constructing ancient Egypt3. History: building chronologies and writing histories4. Writing: the origins and implications of hieroglyphs5. Kingship: stereotyping and the 'oriental despot'6. Identity: issues of ethnicity, race, and gender7. Death: mummification, dismemberment, and the cult of Osiris8. Religion: Egyptian gods and temples9. Egyptomania: the recylcing and reinventing of Egypt's icons and imagesReferencesFurther readingUseful websitesGlossaryTimelineIndex