History of Ancient Egypt: An Introduction by ERIK HORNUNGHistory of Ancient Egypt: An Introduction by ERIK HORNUNG

History of Ancient Egypt: An Introduction

byERIK HORNUNG, David Lorton

Paperback | August 12, 1999

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From our vantage point ancient Egyptian civilization, with its strictly hierarchic organization, can appear static through its three-thousand-year history. In his concise and authoritative introduction to that distant culture, a renowned Egyptologist reveals the turbulent events beneath the rigid facade. Erik Hornung begins his account by taking a brief look at the prehistoric era in Egypt. He then focuses on political events during the period beginning with the reign of Menes and closing with the conquest by Alexander the Great. Building on insights drawn from the civilization's surviving texts and monuments, he also describes significant cultural developments, such as changes in burial customs and the building of the Great Pyramids and Sun Temples.Originally published in German, this important and highly useful survey has been revised throughout for its publication in English. In addition, the English version features over fifty illustrations, an updated bibliography, a glossary, and a chronological table.
David Lorton, an Egyptologist, is the translator of many books, including Erik Hornung's books The Secret Lore of Egypt and Akhenaten and the Religion of Light, both from Cornell.
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Title:History of Ancient Egypt: An IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.22 inPublished:August 12, 1999Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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This breakthrough text examines the truth behind Egypt’s rigid façade. In History of Ancient Egypt, Erik Hornung takes a brief look at the prehistoric era in Egypt and then focuses on political events during the reign of Menes and the conquest by Alexander the Great. Readers will also learn about such significant cultural developments as changes in burial customs and the building of the Great Pyramids and Sun Temples.

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"David Lorton's translation makes available in English a concise, thorough, and well-written introduction to Egyptian history by one of the world's leading Egyptologists. . . . Hornung's expertise in religion is reflected in the insightful treatment of religious developments and their relationship to Egyptian society, ethics, and politics."—Denise M. Doxey, Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Religious Studies Review, Vol. 27, No. 3, July 2001