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Encyclopedia of ancient Egypt /
Margaret R. Bunson.
Rev. ed.
New York : Facts on File, c2002.
xv, 462 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
0816045631 (alk. paper)
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New York : Facts on File, c2002.
0816045631 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 442-447) and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
Praise for the previous edition:
Recommended for high school and public libraries.—Booklist
Still the only one-volume reference to a civilization that has long fascinated scholars and lay readers alike, Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Revised Edition has been extensively updated to include an additional 2,000 years of historical coverage.
Ranging from Egypt's predynastic cultures to the suicides of Cleopatra and Mark Antony in 30 BCE, this comprehensive book includes more than 2,300 detailed entries-over 1,000 more than in the first edition-as well as 88 new photographs and 14 maps. Each entry has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect recent scholarship. Adding to the accessibility and reference value of this volume is a list of further readings to supplement all major entries, a revised bibliography, a
comprehensive index, and a glossary.
New and revised coverage includes:
Archaeological discoveries, including the long lost cities of Canopus and Menouthis
The eras preceding the unification of Egypt, ca. 3000 BCE
The eras following the fall of the New Kingdom in 1070 BCE
The results of recent DNA studies of existing mummies
Political alliances
Social and religious developments.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2003-02-01:
Useful for ready reference, this revision adds 1,000 years of Egyptian history to the 1991 edition (CH, Mar'92), now extending from the predynastic period to the death of Cleopatra VII in 30 BCE. It includes some 2,200 indexed, cross-referenced alphabetical entries, 80 black-and-white photographs, maps, Bunson's own line drawings, a time line of major events in Egypt, the Near East, and the Mediterranean, and a bibliography. Longer entries include suggested readings. The wide range of subjects includes agriculture, art and architecture, deities, the dynasties, mortuary rituals, the military, religious concepts, symbols and texts, and social evolution. Among the book's problems are typographical errors and lack of cross-references between Greek and "ancient Egyptian" spellings of Pharaohs' names (Cheops/Khufu, Mycerinus/Menkaure). More visually appealing, cheaper, and less prone to typographical errors is The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt (CH, Jun'01). Although not organized as an encyclopedia, it is well indexed, offers 39 color plates and more numerous black-and-white illustrations, covers 700,000 BCE to 395 CE, provides an extensive further readings list, and discusses problems in chronology and dating. Geraldine Harris and Delia Pemberton's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (1999) is appropriate for younger readers. Suitable for general readers and lower-division undergraduates. N. Mactague Aurora University
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Reference & Research Book News, November 2002
Booklist, February 2003
Choice, February 2003
School Library Journal, February 2003
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Mapsp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. x
How to Use This Bookp. xi
Chronology of Major Eventsp. xiii
Entries A to Zp. 1
Glossaryp. 439
Suggested Readingsp. 442
Indexp. 449
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