The tomb in ancient Egypt : royal and private sepulchres from the early dynastic period to the Romans /
Aidan Dodson and Salima Ikram.
London : Thames & Hudson, 2008.
368 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 27 cm.
0500051399 (hbk.), 9780500051399 (hbk.)
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London : Thames & Hudson, 2008.
0500051399 (hbk.)
9780500051399 (hbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-04-01:
Descriptions of both general tombs and dynastic monuments from Predynastic to Roman Egypt are fairly common. This comprehensive handbook is the first diachronic survey to combine royal and nonroyal monuments. The title announces the underlying premise that there is such a thing as "the Egyptian tomb," which stands apart from qualifiers of class, form, geography, and chronology. Accordingly, the authors emphasize that understanding the essential dichotomy between superstructure (public aspect) and substructure (body repository) exposes the basic similarities underlying all tombs, which comprise an integrated system of architecture and decoration functioning to achieve the sustenance and ultimate resurrection of the deceased. Differences between royal and nonroyal tombs derive from ultimate goals: the king's destination is cosmic, while everyone else is headed toward a more perfect Egypt. The bulk of the book is an excellent survey of decorative schemes followed by architectural developments in a well-illustrated chronological overview. Depth on individual monuments and aspects (readily found elsewhere) is necessarily sacrificed for breadth, but the resulting synthesis is well worth it. Supplementary materials include cemetery indexes, site plans, and maps. Notes are few, but the bibliography is extensive. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. S. Langdon University of Missouri--Columbia
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For Egyptophiles everywhere, here is an authoritative and comprehensive guide to the full range of tombs, their decoration and burial customs.
Long Description
A richly illustrated and complete account of the development and significance of the tomb in ancient Egypt. From the pyramids and royal burial ground in the Valley of the Kings to the tombs of queens such as Ramesses II's consort Nefertari and the far larger number of private tombs of nobles like Rekhmire and Ramose, "The Tomb in Ancient Egypt" is an unparalleled guide for Egyptophiles everywhere. Besides the paintings, reliefs, and statues adorning their walls, many tombs show the breathtaking skill of ancient architects, and autobiographical texts found inside several tombs give rare insights into Egyptian life. We read of Harkhuf's African explorations, returning with the gift of a dancing dwarf to his boy-king, Pepy II, and we learn how General Amenemhab saved his king's life when the king was charged by an enraged elephant. Written by two experts in the field and the authors of "The Mummy in Ancient Egypt," this new book traces burial practices in Egypt over three millennia, from the dawn of Egyptian history to the Roman domination. It also illuminates the work of key scholars who excavated and catalogued their finds for posterity, and it includes a comprehensive list of the principal cemeteries, with glossary and maps for ease of reference. 350 illustrations, 40 in color.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 7
Introductionp. 8
Egyptian Mortuary Beliefs and the Nature of the Tombp. 12
The Tomb and Societyp. 23
Construction and Decorationp. 31
The Study of the Egyptian Tombp. 55
The Decoration of the Tombp. 76
Predynastic and Early Dynastic Periodsp. 132
The Old Kingdomp. 142
The First Intermediate Period, Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Periodp. 186
The New Kingdom: The Early Yearsp. 209
The New Kingdom: The Amarna Yearsp. 229
The New Kingdom: The Ramesside Yearsp. 247
The Third Intermediate and Saite Periodsp. 270
The Late and Graeco-Roman Periodsp. 288
Notesp. 310
Chronologyp. 314
Glossaryp. 318
The Principal Cemeteriesp. 320
Mapsp. 324
Abbreviations and Bibliographyp. 336
Sources of Illustrationsp. 359
Indexp. 360
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