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The Princeton dictionary of ancient Egypt /
Ian Shaw and Paul Nicholson.
edition
[Rev. and expanded ed.].
imprint
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2008.
description
368 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0691137625, 9780691137629
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2008.
isbn
0691137625
9780691137629
general note
"In association with the British Museum."
Also published under title: British Museum dictionary of ancient Egypt (London : British Museum, 2008).
catalogue key
6789223
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Easily the best single-volume general reference work on ancient Egypt in recent years--nothing on the market can compare to this book. The authors' revision makes this useful book even better."--T. G. Wilfong, University of Michigan
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-02-15:
In this revised edition of their Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (1995), archaeologists Shaw and Nicholson, both of whom have spent many years in Egyptian archaeological excavations and lectured at British universities, update the original entries to include findings made since the 1995 edition. Illustrations, updated bibliographies, and more information on Egyptologists have been added. Written in a clear and succinct style that is understandable for general readers, the 600 entries range in length from a brief paragraph to a page or so. Longer entries include bibliographies; the illustrations are helpful in understanding the text, well chosen, and most often in color. Users should bear in mind that the pages are oversized, feature three columns, and often contain illustrations. BOTTOM LINE Other reference books such as The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (2001) cover similar material, but this volume's solid and now up-to-date content as well as its attractive price make it a worthwhile addition for most libraries. [Available in print only.]-Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2009-04-01:
Shaw (Univ. of Liverpool) and Nicholson (Cardiff Univ.) consulted a plethora of major reference works to update their well-known The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (1995), which was based primarily on British Museum collections. Readers also may want to consult a cluster of relatively recent publications in this field, including Alberto Siliotti's Guides, e.g., Guide to the Pyramids of Egypt (1997); Peter Clayton's Chronicles of the Pharaohs (1994); Richard Wilkinson's The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt (CH, Nov'00, 38-1702); Mark Lehner's The Complete Pyramids (1997); and Nicholas Reeves and Richard H. Wilkinson's The Complete Valley of the Kings (1996). This updated dictionary features 687 entries, with an additional 226 headings. Accompanying these are 417 photographs (unnumbered, mainly in color) plus 92 maps and plans. Capitalized cross-references point to other pertinent entries. Complementing the text are a chronology and lists of Egyptologists and owners of tombs--royal and private. A relatively comprehensive index also identifies objects. Up-to-date bibliographies are included for each entry. This moderately priced work is an excellent starting point for anyone attracted to ancient Egypt. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. C. C. Smith emeritus, University of Wisconsin--River Falls
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This revised edition has the most important discoveries and scholarship in the field in the last 13 years. Shaw and Nicholson each have more than 20 years experience in excavation in Egypt. The book covers 4,000 years of Egyptian civilization, including themes, sites, objects, individuals and historical periods. Among its features are 600 alphabetical entries, revised and enlarged maps and diagrams, and more than 500 illustrations.
This revised edition has the most important discoveries and scholarship in the field in the last 13 years. Shaw and Nicholson each have more than 20 years experience in excavation in Egypt. The book covers 4,000 years of Egyptian civilization, including themes, sites, objects, individuals and historical periods. Among its features are 600 alphabetical entries, revised and enlarged maps and diagrams, and more than 500 illustrations. -- Angelyn N. Hutchinson, Deseret Morning News
This work should be a standard source in university libraries and public libraries with collections on ancient history.
This work should be a standard source in university libraries and public libraries with collections on ancient history. -- Shannon Graff Hysell, American Reference Books Annual
Written in a clear and succinct style that is understandable for general readers, the 600 entries range in length from a brief paragraph to a page or so. . . . [T]his volume's solid and now up-to-date content as well as its attractive price make it a worthwhile addition for most libraries.
Written in a clear and succinct style that is understandable for general readers, the 600 entries range in length from a brief paragraph to a page or so. . . . [T]his volume's solid and now up-to-date content as well as its attractive price make it a worthwhile addition for most libraries. -- "Library Journal
Easily the best single-volume general reference work on ancient Egypt in recent years--nothing on the market can compare to this book. The authors' revision makes this useful book even better.
The Princeton Dictionary Of Ancient Egypthas been thoroughly revised and updated by editors Ian Shaw and Paul Nicholson, and includes important discoveries from the past decade. -- Nicholas A. Basbanes, Florida Sun-Sentinel
This moderately priced work is an excellent starting point for anyone attracted to ancient Egypt.
This moderately priced work is an excellent starting point for anyone attracted to ancient Egypt. -- C.C. Smith, Choice
Praise for the previous edition (The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt): "Answers every Egyptian question you can imagine.
Praise for the previous edition (The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt): "Broad coverage makes the volume particularly attractive. . . . It sets a standard that all such works should emulate and strive to attain.
Praise for the previous edition (The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt): "Not only a delight for the general reader, but of genuine use to the student and researcher.
Praise for the previous edition: "Answers every Egyptian question you can imagine.
Praise for the previous edition: "Answers every Egyptian question you can imagine. -- "New Statesman
Praise for the previous edition: "Broad coverage makes the volume particularly attractive. It sets a standard that all such works should emulate and strive to attain.
Praise for the previous edition: "Broad coverage makes the volume particularly attractive. It sets a standard that all such works should emulate and strive to attain. -- "Journal of Near Eastern Studies
For more than a decade, this attractive single-volume reference has been the most informative and user-friendly dictionary of ancient Egypt available. Written by Shaw and Nicholson, two archaeologists with more than 20 years of excavation experience,The Princeton Dictionary of Ancient Egyptis essential and indispensible. The new edition features a completely revised text, hundreds of illustrations in full color and more than 600 up-to-date alphabetical entries that range from agriculture to Zawiyetel-Mayitin. In short, this excellent work provides concise information on all aspects of Egypt during the pharaonic and Greco-Roman periods.
Praise for the previous edition (The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt): "The best of both worlds: a basic textbook that would not disfigure a coffee table, and a picture book with bite.
The Princeton Dictionary Of Ancient Egypthas been thoroughly revised and updated by editors Ian Shaw and Paul Nicholson, and includes important discoveries from the past decade.
Praise for the previous edition: "Not only a delight for the general reader, but of genuine use to the student and researcher. -- "Art Newspaper
Praise for the previous edition: "The best of both worlds: a basic textbook that would not disfigure a coffee table, and a picture book with bite.
Praise for the previous edition: "Not only a delight for the general reader, but of genuine use to the student and researcher.
Praise for the previous edition: "The best of both worlds: a basic textbook that would not disfigure a coffee table, and a picture book with bite. -- "Times Higher Education Supplement
For more than a decade, this attractive single-volume reference has been the most informative and user-friendly dictionary of ancient Egypt available. Written by Shaw and Nicholson, two archaeologists with more than 20 years of excavation experience, The Princeton Dictionary of Ancient Egyptis essential and indispensible. The new edition features a completely revised text, hundreds of illustrations in full color and more than 600 up-to-date alphabetical entries that range from agriculture to Zawiyetel-Mayitin. In short, this excellent work provides concise information on all aspects of Egypt during the pharaonic and Greco-Roman periods.
For more than a decade, this attractive single-volume reference has been the most informative and user-friendly dictionary of ancient Egypt available. Written by Shaw and Nicholson, two archaeologists with more than 20 years of excavation experience, The Princeton Dictionary of Ancient Egyptis essential and indispensible. The new edition features a completely revised text, hundreds of illustrations in full color and more than 600 up-to-date alphabetical entries that range from agriculture to Zawiyetel-Mayitin. In short, this excellent work provides concise information on all aspects of Egypt during the pharaonic and Greco-Roman periods. -- "Tucson Citizen
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Main Description
For more than a decade, Ian Shaw and Paul Nicholson'sDictionary of Ancient Egypthas been the most informative and useful dictionary of ancient Egypt available, one thatLibrary Journalcalled "a preeminent source" and "the essential choice." Now fully revised and updated, this new edition covers the most important discoveries and scholarship in the field since 1995. Written by two archaeologists, each with more than twenty years of excavation experience in Egypt, this authoritative dictionary defines and explains important themes, sites, objects, individuals, and historical periods throughout four thousand years of Egyptian civilization. More than 600 A-to-Z entries provide concise information on all aspects of ancient Egypt and Nubia during the pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods. Each entry is followed by a bibliography, allowing readers to pursue subjects in more detail. The dictionary is lavishly illustrated with photographs, line drawings, site plans, and maps.The Princeton Dictionary of Ancient Egyptis an indispensable resource for researchers, students, and anyone with an interest in the ancient world. Completely revised text More than 600 up-to-date alphabetical entries ranging from agriculture to Zawiyet el-Mayitin, and includes more than 80 new terms Up-to-date bibliographies for each entry Revised and enlarged maps and diagrams More than 500 illustrations Thoroughly indexed and cross-referenced Includes a chronology of dynasties, a list of Egyptologists mentioned in the text, and an alphabetical list of Theban tombs
Main Description
For more than a decade, Ian Shaw and Paul Nicholson'sDictionary of Ancient Egypthas been the most informative and useful dictionary of ancient Egypt available, one thatLibrary Journalcalled "a preeminent source" and "the essential choice." Now fully revised and updated, this new edition covers the most important discoveries and scholarship in the field since 1995.Written by two archaeologists, each with more than twenty years of excavation experience in Egypt, this authoritative dictionary defines and explains important themes, sites, objects, individuals, and historical periods throughout four thousand years of Egyptian civilization. More than 600 A-to-Z entries provide concise information on all aspects of ancient Egypt and Nubia during the pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods. Each entry is followed by a bibliography, allowing readers to pursue subjects in more detail. The dictionary is lavishly illustrated with photographs, line drawings, site plans, and maps.The Princeton Dictionary of Ancient Egyptis an indispensable resource for researchers, students, and anyone with an interest in the ancient world. Completely revised text More than 600 up-to-date alphabetical entries ranging from agriculture to Zawiyet el-Mayitin, and includes more than 80 new terms Up-to-date bibliographies for each entry Revised and enlarged maps and diagrams More than 500 illustrations Thoroughly indexed and cross-referenced Includes a chronology of dynasties, a list of Egyptologists mentioned in the text, and an alphabetical list of Theban tombs
Main Description
For more than a decade, Ian Shaw and Paul Nicholson's Dictionary of Ancient Egypthas been the most informative and useful dictionary of ancient Egypt available, one that Library Journalcalled "a preeminent source" and "the essential choice." Now fully revised and updated, this new edition covers the most important discoveries and scholarship in the field since 1995. Written by two archaeologists, each with more than twenty years of excavation experience in Egypt, this authoritative dictionary defines and explains important themes, sites, objects, individuals, and historical periods throughout four thousand years of Egyptian civilization. More than 600 A-to-Z entries provide concise information on all aspects of ancient Egypt and Nubia during the pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods. Each entry is followed by a bibliography, allowing readers to pursue subjects in more detail. The dictionary is lavishly illustrated with photographs, line drawings, site plans, and maps. The Princeton Dictionary of Ancient Egyptis an indispensable resource for researchers, students, and anyone with an interest in the ancient world. Completely revised text More than 600 up-to-date alphabetical entries ranging from agriculture to Zawiyet el-Mayitin, and includes more than 80 new terms Up-to-date bibliographies for each entry Revised and enlarged maps and diagrams More than 500 illustrations Thoroughly indexed and cross-referenced Includes a chronology of dynasties, a list of Egyptologists mentioned in the text, and an alphabetical list of Theban tombs

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