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The experience of ancient Egypt [electronic resource] /
Rosalie David.
imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 2000.
description
xxii, 192 p. : ill., maps : 24 cm.
ISBN
0415032636 (hb.)
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imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 2000.
isbn
0415032636 (hb.)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
11756238
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-184) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-09-01:
There is no end to the writing of popular books on Egypt. Most are, however, lavishly illustrated coffee-table books or superficial summaries of Egyptian history and culture. Few seriously attempt to introduce their readers to the discipline of Egyptology itself. David's book is a significant exception. David (Univ. of Manchester) is author of an excellent study of the royal workmen's village at Kahun, The Pyramid Builders of Ancient Egypt (1986). In 11 lucidly written fact-filled chapters the author surveys the history and achievement of Egyptology. The first five chapters summarize the results of current scholarship on ancient Egyptian history, religion, and daily life, and survey the sources used by Egyptologists. The next five chapters provide a concise chronicle of the development of Egyptology from the Renaissance to the present. The work concludes with an analysis of the contribution made by the scientific analysis of mummies to the study of the lives of the ancient Egyptians themselves. A useful addition to all college and university libraries. All levels. S. M. Burstein; California State University, Los Angeles
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'This is a fascinating story, which the interested reader would otherwise have to piece together from a range of publications.'- History Today 'For a serious introduction to all aspects of Egyptology, the reader can now turn to R. David, The Experience of Ancient Egyptwhere the material is presented in a digestible but comprehensive way.'- Egyptian Archaeology
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The Experience of Ancient Egypt provides a comprehensive portrait of what we know about ancient Egypt today, examining in detail issues of religion, of beliefs and practices surrounding death, of everyday life and of literature.In an engaging style, the author traces Egyptology from its classical roots, through the painstaking process of deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to the most up-to-date bio-medical and archaeological techniques, never forgetting how time has proved that it is impossible to deliver the absolute truth about ancient Egypt.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Providing a complete history of Egyptology, this text shows how our understanding of ancient Egypt has shifted and changed since classical times.
Main Description
In this intriguing survey, Rosalie David shows how the attitudes, opinions and working practices of Egyptologists have shaped the structure of their endlessly fascinating subject.The Experience of Ancient Egyptprovides an engaging portrait of what we know about ancient Egypt today, examining issues of religion, beliefs and practices surrounding death, everyday life, and literature. David then looks at the history of Egyptology itself--tracing the discipline from its classical roots, through the deciphering of hieroglyphs in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to the most up-to-date biomedical and archaeological techniques.
Main Description
The Experience of Ancient Egyptprovides a comprehensive portrait of what we know about ancient Egypt today, examining in detail issues of religion, of beliefs and practices surrounding death, of everyday life and of literature. In an engaging style, the author traces Egyptology from its classical roots, through the painstaking process of deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to the most up-to-date bio-medical and archaeological techniques, never forgetting how time has proved that it is impossible to deliver the absolute truth about ancient Egypt.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Map 1 Ancient Egyptp. xii
Introductionp. xix
A Portrait of Ancient Egyptp. 1
The Historical Outline of Ancient Egyptp. 3
Funerary Beliefs and Customsp. 9
The Religion of the Livingp. 21
Everyday Lifep. 31
Literary Sourcesp. 43
The Development of Egyptologyp. 49
Classical and Medieval Interest in Egyptp. 51
The Renaissance Periodp. 62
The Decipherment of Egyptian Hieroglyphsp. 71
Recording the Monumentsp. 89
Excavating the Sitesp. 110
The Contribution of Biomedical Studiesp. 157
Conclusionp. 178
Suggested Readingp. 183
Indexp. 185
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