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The Middle Kingdom of ancient Egypt : history, archaeology and society /
Wolfram Grajetzki.
imprint
London : Duckworth, 2006.
description
xii, 208 p. : ill., maps, plans ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0715634356 (pbk.)
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London : Duckworth, 2006.
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0715634356 (pbk.)
catalogue key
5850905
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-01-01:
The Middle Kingdom is the orphan of Egyptian history, despite producing much of Egypt's classic culture and some of its greatest kings. Popular and scholarly interest in the period, which lacks the spectacular monuments of the Old and New Kingdoms, is limited. Not since Herbert E. Winlock's The Rise and Fall of the Middle Kingdom in Thebes (1947) has there been a general English-language study of this period. Grajetzki's work is timely and useful but disappointing. In three chapters, he treats Middle Kingdom history, archaeology and geography, and society. The result is more a handbook than a history. So the first chapter summarizes reign by reign the evidence for each king of dynasties 11-13 with minimal interpretation. Similarly, in the second chapter Grajetzki reviews the archaeology of Middle Kingdom Egypt nome by nome, but rigorously confines himself to recording the surviving evidence and its implications. By contrast, the chapter on society offers a lucid analysis of Middle Kingdom Egypt as a strictly hierarchical society sharply divided between a small administrative elite and a largely agricultural population. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. A useful addition to the libraries of institutions teaching ancient history. S. M. Burstein emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles
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Summaries
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For the ancient Egyptians, the middle kingdom represented a classical period in art, history and literature. This book examines the evidence for the culture, history and society of both central and provincial Egypt at the time, revealing the wealth of the entire country.
Unpaid Annotation
For the ancient Egyptians, the Middle Kingdom (c. 2000-1700 BC) was a classical period of art, history and literature. The Twelfth Dynasty was one of the strongest ever to rule on the banks of the Nile: some of its kings were later worshipped as local gods, and were made famous by classical Greek authors. Yet Egyptologists tend not to look beyond the extraordinary royal sculpture and literary masterpieces of the time. Although the picture is fragmentary, as with any archaeological record, the last two hundred years of exploration and excavation have revealed much of the splendour of the period. This book examines the evidence for the culture, history and society of both central and provincial Egypt at the time, revealing the wealth of the entire country. Too often overshadowed by the better-preserved architecture of other periods, Middle Kingdom Egypt emerges for the reader as a fascinating age in its own right.
Main Description
For the ancient Egyptians, the Middle Kingdom (c. 2000-1700 BC) was a classical period of art, history and literature. The Twelfth Dynasty was one of the strongest ever to rule on the banks of the Nile: some of its kings were later worshipped as local gods, and were made famous by classical Greek authors. Yet Egyptologists tend not to look beyond the extraordinary royal sculpture and literary masterpieces of the time. Although the picture is fragmentary, as with any archaeological record, the last two hundred years of exploration and excavation have revealed much of the splendour of the period. This book examines the evidence for the culture, history and society of both central and provincial Egypt at the time, revealing the wealth of the entire country. Too often overshadowed by the better-preserved architecture of other periods, "Middle Kingdom Egypt" emerges for the reader as a fascinating age in its own right.
Long Description
For the ancient Egyptians, the Middle Kingdom (c. 2000-1700 BC) was a classical period of art, history and literature. The Twelfth Dynasty was one of the strongest ever to rule on the banks of the Nile: some of its kings were later worshipped as local gods, and were made famous by classical Greek authors. Yet Egyptologists tend not to look beyond the extraordinary royal sculpture and literary masterpieces of the time. Although the picture is fragmentary, as with any archaeological record, the last two hundred years of exploration and excavation have revealed much of the splendor of the period. This book examines the evidence for the culture, history and society of both central and provincial Egypt at the time, revealing the wealth of the entire country. Too often overshadowed by the better-preserved architecture of other periods, Middle Kingdom Egypt emerges for the reader as a fascinating age in its own right.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Historyp. 7
The end of the Old Kingdomp. 7
The Heracleopolitan kings (c. 2161/2131-1990/1970 BC)p. 8
The early Eleventh Dynasty at Thebes (pre-2065-2008 BC)p. 10
The second part of the Eleventh Dynasty (c. 2008-1938 BC)p. 17
The early Twelfth Dynasty (c. 1938-1837 BC)p. 28
The late Twelfth Dynasty (c. 1837-1759 BC)p. 51
The Thirteenth Dynasty (c. 1759-1685 BC)p. 63
Archaeology and Geographyp. 77
Upper Egyptp. 78
Lower Egyptp. 121
The neighbouring landsp. 133
Societyp. 139
Outside the ruling classesp. 143
The ruling classes: people with administrative titlesp. 151
The king and his familyp. 161
Chronologyp. 167
Appendixp. 169
Kings of the Middle Kingdomp. 169
Viziers of the Middle Kingdomp. 172
Treasurers of the Middle Kingdomp. 173
Notesp. 175
Further Readingp. 191
Bibliographyp. 193
Illustration Sourcesp. 197
Indexp. 199
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