The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt

Paperback | October 23, 2003

byIan Shaw

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The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt uniquely covers 700,000 years of ancient Egypt from the stone age to the Roman conquest. The story of the ancient Egyptians, from their prehistoric origins to their conquest by the Persians, Greeks, and Romans makes for fascinating reading, with subjectsranging from the changing nature of life and death in the Nile valley to some of the earliest masterpieces of art, architecture, and literature in the ancient world.An international team of experts in the field address the issues surrounding this distinctive culture, vividly relating the rise and fall of ruling dynasties, exploring colourful personalities, and uncovering surprising facts, such as the revelation that Scotland Yard possesses a print taken fromthe hand of a mummy. A well-rounded picture of an intriguing civilization emerges.

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The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt uniquely covers 700,000 years of ancient Egypt from the stone age to the Roman conquest. The story of the ancient Egyptians, from their prehistoric origins to their conquest by the Persians, Greeks, and Romans makes for fascinating reading, with subjectsranging from the changing nature of life and de...

Ian Shaw studied Archaeology and Egyptology at Cambridge University, gaining a PhD on the archaeological remains at Tell el-Amarna. He later undertook research into Egyptian quarrying and mining sites as a British Academy Research Fellow at New Hall, Cambridge. His other publications include Ancient Egyptian Warfare and Weapons (1992)...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 23, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192804588

ISBN - 13:9780192804587

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent overview I bought this book to prepare for a trip to Egypt. It was an excellent resource and I was very happy to make connections as quickly as our tour guide began his brief discussions at the various sites. Having said that, however, this book is in large part directed towards a readership with an interest in the methodology of historical research. I would have preferred more information about the actual social lives of the Egyptians of all classes, and less about the locations of tombs and pottery shards. But there are other books which fill in those details well. It was still well worth the investment and gave me what I needed to have a good background in Egyptian history before my tour.
Date published: 2007-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent reference book, full of detailed info This book is an amazing collection of scholarly essays written about the main periods of Egyptian history. The essays begin with the earliest stages of Egyptian history (pre-Dynastic) and move on from there. Written by eminent Egyptologists the book provides the most up to date theories on this fascinating subject.
Date published: 2006-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have for any egypt nut It looks daunting. It's not a small book, but if you want to know Egypt this is your resource. It is a straight forward and brilliant compilation of pieces by some of the greatest mind in egyptology. It is an essential resource for any library and any one who wants to learn not only the facts, but the disputues within the field as well. I highly recommend it for anyone who has a passionate for ancient egyptian history.
Date published: 2006-06-30

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Table of Contents

List of Maps; AcknowledgementsIntroductionPrehistory: Palaeolithic and NeolithicPredynastic PeriodLate Predynastic and Early DynasticThe Rise of Eqyptian CivilizationThe Old KingdomThe First Intermediate PeriodThe Middle KingdomThe Second Intermediate PeriodThe New Kingdom: Pre-AmarnaThe New Kingdom: Amarna and Post-AmarnaEgypt and the Outside WorldThe Third Intermediate PeriodThe Late PeriodThe Ptolemaic PeriodThe Roman PeriodFurther Reading; Chronological Tables; Acknowledgement of Sources; Index

Editorial Reviews

`brimming with ... intriguing facts ... also provides a first-rate overview of - le progres Egyptien - from the period when Homo erectus first stalked the land right up to Octavian's triumphant entry into Egypt in 30 BC.'Douglas Kennedy, The Times