The Mind of Egypt: History and Meaning in the Time of the Pharaohs

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Harvard University Press, 2003 - History - 513 pages
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The Mind of Egypt presents an unprecedented account of the mainsprings of Egyptian civilization--the ideals, values, mentalities, belief systems, and aspirations that shaped the first territorial state in human history. Drawing on a range of literary, iconographic, and archaeological sources, the renowned historian Jan Assmann reconstructs a world of unparalleled complexity, a culture that, long before others, possessed an extraordinary degree of awareness and self-reflection.
  

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Not since J.H. Breasted's classic 1912 publication Development of Religion and Thought in Ancient Egypt has an attempt been made to explore systematically the evolution of Egyptian thought across ... Read full review

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This book is basically a history of ancient Egyptian ideology, how the Egyptian elite thought of the world and their place in it. As such it focuses not so much on the archeological traces that the ... Read full review

Contents

The Beginnings
27
The Old Kingdom
46
Historical Outline
81
Messages
93
Memories
106
Historical Outline
117
The Politicization of Connective Justice
135
Historical Outline
197
Changing the Structure of the Past
272
The Decline of the New Kingdom
280
Theocracy Polyarchy Archaism
287
Saite Renaissance
335
Historical Outline
367
The Demotic Chronicle and the Political Messianism
377
ReMembering Osiris
409
abbreviations
435

Cosmotheism as a Form of Knowledge
204
Akhenatens Revolution
214
Personal Piety and the Theology of Will
229
Ramesses II and the Battle of Qadesh
247
chronology
477
KEY TO THE EGYPTIAN GODS
485
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Jan Assmann is professor of Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg.

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