The Egyptians by Sergio Donadoni

The Egyptians

EditorSergio Donadoni

Paperback | June 23, 1997

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The Egyptians is a vibrant, accessible introduction to the people who lived along the Nile for almost thirty-five centuries. In this collection of essays, eleven internationally renowned Egyptologists present studies of ancient Egyptians arranged by social type—slaves, craftsmen, priests, bureaucrats, the pharaoh, peasants, and women, among others. These individual essays are filled with a wealth of historical detail that both informs and fascinates: we learn, for example, that Egyptian peasants could not afford burial (their corpses were abandoned on the desert fringe), and that it was the bureaucrats who made the Egyptian system tick (the pyramids could not have been built without them).

Read consecutively, the portraits merge to create a larger picture of Egyptian culture, state, and society. The framework of the Egyptian state, in particular, is touched upon in each essay, describing the meticulous administration and well-organized hierarchical system that fostered centuries of stability and prosperity.

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Title:The EgyptiansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:378 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:June 23, 1997Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226155560

ISBN - 13:9780226155562

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Sergio Donadoni
Chronology
1: Peasants
Ricardo A. Caminos
2: Craftsmen
Dominique Valbelle
3: Scribes
Alessandro Roccati
4: Bureaucrats
Oleg Berlev
5: Priests
Sergio Pernigotti
6: Soldiers
Sheikh 'Ibada al-Nubi
7: Slaves
Antonio Loprieno
8: Foreigners
Edda Bresciani
9: The Dead
Sergio Donadoni
10: The Pharaoh
Erik Hornung
11: Women
Erika Feucht
Index

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Eleven internationally renowned Egyptologists present studies of ancient Egyptians arranged by social type -- slaves, craftsmen, priests, bureaucrats, the pharaoh, peasants, and women, among others. These individual essays are filled with a wealth of historical detail that both informs and fascinates: we learn, for example, that Egyptian peasants could not afford burial (their corpses were abandoned on the desert fringe), and that it was the bureaucrats who made the Egyptian system tick. The framework of the Egyptian state is touched upon in each essay, describing the meticulous administration and well-organized hierarchical system that fostered centuries of stability and prosperity.