The Twilight of Ancient Egypt: First Millennium B.C.E.

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Cornell University Press, 2000 - History - 232 pages
Karol Mysliwiec surveys a turbulent time in Ancient Egyptian culture and history -- the eight hundred years between the eleventh century B.C.E. and the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C.E., after which Egypt became part of the Hellenistic world. It was a time when Libyans, Kushites, Persians, and Greeks ascended to the throne more frequently than did indigenous kings. The history of this phase of pharaonic Egypt, marked by rapid changes in rule, has been relatively neglected until now.

Egypt had become increasingly involved in the affairs of its Near Eastern neighbors (Assyria, Babylon, and Persia) and of the Mediterranean world. These many cultures greatly enriched and influenced pharaonic traditions. At the same time, Egyptian civilization extended far beyond the borders of Egypt itself. One of the most important cultural products of this period is the Old Testament, called here "an inestimable source of information on daily life in pharaonic Egypt". Mysliwiec perceives in recent archaeological discoveries clear evidence that the First Millennium B.C.E. was witness to more than a slow, progressive dying out of the pharaonic past; new and creative elements profoundly altered the culture of Ancient Egypt.

Originally published in Polish, The Twilight of Ancient Egypt appeared in 1998 in a German edition. The Cornell edition has been updated by the author and also contains previously unpublished photographs of recently discovered treasures.

 

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Contents

Dualistic Concepts
1
The New Kingdom
14
The Report of Wenamun
22
Mummy Caches
35
Shoshenq Is Campaign to Israel
44
The Chronicle of Prince Osorkon
51
Discovery of the Serapeum
58
Preserved Temple Structures
64
PERSIANS AND GREEKS ON THE THRONE OF THE PHARAOHS
135
The Naos from Tuna elGebel
144
Foreigners in Egypt
156
The Final Decades of Independence
162
The Art and Architecture of Dynasty 30
169
The Second Persian Occupation
177
The Tombs of Alexander
185
Polish Archaeology in Egypt
191

Piyes Campaign to Egypt
73
Piyes Successors
85
The Kushite Cap
91
Assyrians in Egypt
105
Artistic Developments
117
Archaeology and the Saite Period
127
Artisans Workshops
200
Political Symbolism
207
Comparative Chronology
219
Index
225
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