Ancient Egypt

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, 2003 - History - 256 pages
7 Reviews
The ancient Egyptians created some of the world's most beautiful art and architecture. To this day, this ancient civilization--which produced the great pyramids, the riddle of the Sphinx, and the riches of Tutankhamun--exerts a strong hold on our imaginations.

Now, in Ancient Egypt, eminent Egyptologist David P. Silverman and a team of leading scholars explore the cultural wealth of this civilization in a series of intriguing and authoritative essays based on the latest theories and discoveries. Illustrated with more than 200 superb color photographs, maps, and charts, this book illuminates the vivid and powerful symbolic images of this fascinating culture--from pyramids and temples to priests and rituals; from hieroglyphic writing to daily life by the Nile; and from temple carvings to the cult of the dead. Correcting the popular misconception of the Egyptians as a death-obsessed people, the book uses the most recent historical research and archaeological finds to illuminate the routines of daily life in royal, elite, priestly circles, as well as at lower levels of society. We learn, for example, that despite the monochromatic appearance of most temple ruins today, in ancient times they would have been colorful, even gleaming structures; that the title "Pharaoh" derives from the Egyptian phrase per aa, which means "great house" and was originally a reference to the royal palace; that temples employed all manner of part-time and full-time personnel, from farmers and carpenters to scribes, jewelers, and keepers of livestock; and that Egyptian law viewed women as equal to men, and they could, in some cases, wield considerable influence.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
5
4 stars
0
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
2

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

This is a good book to tell a friend like my friend malakai!!!!!!!! Its a good bed time story too!!!!!!! Its so cool to read to a grown up or a friend!!!!!!!

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

It is a good book for its information.

All 5 reviews »

Contents

Oxford University Press CONTENTS
7
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
9
The Nile flood
13
THREE KINGDOMS
20
Duncan Baird Publishers
26
Editor Peter Bently Disunity and Foreign Rule
36
Neil Packer
42
The Ptolemaic empire
48
Mummification
138
Ghosts and Exorcism
144
The Daily Offering
150
Ritual Gestures
156
Piety and Priesthood
162
THE PYRAMIDS
168
Building the Pyramids
174
the Great Pyramid
180

Captions to pages 15 appear on p 256 The Minelands of the Sovereign
54
THE SETTLED WORLD
68
Capital Cities
74
A A AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
75
WOMEN IN EGYPT
80
Women and Religion
86
The Natural World
92
Technology
98
BELIEF AND RITUAL
105
Human or Divine?
112
THE CULT
132
TOMBS
192
Cities of the Dead
200
Houses of the Gods
206
EGYPTIAN ART
212
Regional Styles and Art of
218
Art of the Ptolemaic and Roman
224
SIGNS SYMBOLS
230
The Evolution of the Language
236
GLOSSARY
242
PICTURE CREDITS
256
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 249 - My sister has come, my heart exults. My arms spread out to embrace her; My heart bounds in its place, Like the red fish in its pond. O night, be mine forever, Now that my queen has come!

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2003)


David P. Silverman is currently Curator-in-Charge of the Egyptian Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum and Chairman of the university's Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. His many previous books include Language and Writing in Ancient Egypt, Religion in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Egyptian Kingship, and Masterpieces of Tutankhamun. His fieldwork includes the co-directorship of the University of Pennsylvania/Boston Museum of Fine Arts expedition to record the tombs of the Old and Middle Kingdoms (ca. 2625-1530 BCE).

Bibliographic information