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City of the Ram-man : the story of ancient Mendes /
Donald B. Redford.
imprint
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
description
xxii, 240 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
ISBN
0691142262, 9780691142265
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imprint
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
isbn
0691142262
9780691142265
contents note
Chapter one: The beginnings -- Chapter two: The advent of Horus -- Chapter three: In the time of the residence -- Chapter four:The collapse -- Chapter five: The mysterious centuries : the Middle Kingdom -- Chapter six: Mendes under the empire pharaohs -- Chapter seven: The great chiefs of the Meshwesh -- Chapter eight: Egypt in the time of troubles -- Chapter nine: The Ram, Lord of Djedet -- Chapter ten: The Saite revival -- Chapter eleven: Mendes, the capital of Egypt -- Chapter twelve: The great disaster -- Chapter thirteen: Dusk and darkness : the end of Mendes.
local note
ROM copy: Gift of Joe Serio; 2019.
catalogue key
7259781
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Excerpts
Flap Copy
"Donald Redford'sCity of the Ram-Manwill interest specialists and armchair archaeologists alike. Redford looks at even the most complex archaeological and historical data with the eye of a storyteller. He constantly weaves interesting and often little-known details into the warp of his story, and his work is a rare thing--a consummate fusion of solid scholarship and truly readable history."--Richard H. Wilkinson, author ofThe Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt"This interesting and engaging book shows how one major archaeological field project--the excavations at Mendes--illuminates nearly the entire sweep of ancient Egyptian history. One of the major Egyptologists of his generation, Donald Redford is a giant, and this book plays on a giant stage. It is also a great read."--John S. Holladay, Jr., professor emeritus, University of Toronto
Flap Copy
"Donald Redfords City of the Ram-Man will interest specialists and armchair archaeologists alike. Redford looks at even the most complex archaeological and historical data with the eye of a storyteller. He constantly weaves interesting and often little-known details into the warp of his story, and his work is a rare thing--a consummate fusion of solid scholarship and truly readable history."-- Richard H. Wilkinson, author of The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt "This interesting and engaging book shows how one major archaeological field project--the excavations at Mendes--illuminates nearly the entire sweep of ancient Egyptian history. One of the major Egyptologists of his generation, Donald Redford is a giant, and this book plays on a giant stage. It is also a great read."-- John S. Holladay Jr., professor emeritus, University of Toronto
Flap Copy
"Donald Redford's City of the Ram-Man will interest specialists and armchair archaeologists alike. Redford looks at even the most complex archaeological and historical data with the eye of a storyteller. He constantly weaves interesting and often little-known details into the warp of his story, and his work is a rare thing--a consummate fusion of solid scholarship and truly readable history."--Richard H. Wilkinson, author of The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt "This interesting and engaging book shows how one major archaeological field project--the excavations at Mendes--illuminates nearly the entire sweep of ancient Egyptian history. One of the major Egyptologists of his generation, Donald Redford is a giant, and this book plays on a giant stage. It is also a great read."--John S. Holladay Jr., professor emeritus, University of Toronto
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-05-01:
Redford (Penn State Univ.) traces the biography of the Nile Delta city of Mendes, home to the Ram God. In a highly informed narrative accompanied by numerous photos and illustrations of architecture, tombs, and artifacts, the author traces the rich history of Mendes and its relationships within the Egyptian empire from the Archaic Period (c. 3050-2650 BCE) to the period of the Islamic conquest (641 CE). Redford provides dramatic archaeological and textual evidence for the ecological and social crises that brought an end to the Old Kingdom. The later Egyptian empire and its expansionist pharaohs, Thutmoses and Amenophis III, the subsequent dissolution of empire, the revival of the Ram-God, the emergence of Mendes as the capital and largest city of Egypt, and finally its conquest by the Persian Empire are all part of this rich narrative. Combining information from written records and evidence from his excavations at Mendes as well as a thorough grounding in the history of ancient Egypt, Redford offers something unique--namely, a narrative covering several thousand years of Egyptian history from the focal point of a single important city, Mendes. A splendid introduction to the world of ancient Egypt, as well as required reading for specialists. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky Harvard University
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Review Quotes
This is a book aimed at the expert as well as the more casual reader. . . . [A] very readable text, . . . this book is sure to become a well-used reference work for anyone interested in the site of Mendes in particular, but also in the sometimes complex history of the Nile Delta. -- Ancient Egypt
Donald Redford'sCity of the Ram-Manwill interest specialists and armchair archaeologists alike. Redford looks at even the most complex archaeological and historical data with the eye of a storyteller. He constantly weaves interesting and often little-known details into the warp of his story, and his work is a rare thing--a consummate fusion of solid scholarship and truly readable history.
This interesting and engaging book shows how one major archaeological field project--the excavations at Mendes--illuminates nearly the entire sweep of ancient Egyptian history. One of the major Egyptologists of his generation, Donald Redford is a giant, and this book plays on a giant stage. It is also a great read.
For those unfamiliar with Ancient Egyptian archaeology, this book is a welcome summary of Redford's work and his interpretation of its results. He brings the city of Mendes to life for the first time outside the classical accounts, and successfully synthesizes a huge amount of material.
"For those unfamiliar with Ancient Egyptian archaeology, this book is a welcome summary of Redford's work and his interpretation of its results. He brings the city of Mendes to life for the first time outside the classical accounts, and successfully synthesizes a huge amount of material."-- Penny Wilson, Times Literary Supplement
For those unfamiliar with Ancient Egyptian archaeology, this book is a welcome summary of Redford's work and his interpretation of its results. He brings the city of Mendes to life for the first time outside the classical accounts, and successfully synthesizes a huge amount of material. -- Penny Wilson, Times Literary Supplement
[T]he book has certainly to be praised for giving a view . . . of an ancient Egyptian city, its history and its excavations.
"[T]he book has certainly to be praised for giving a view . . . of an ancient Egyptian city, its history and its excavations."-- Robert Gozzoli, Brynr Mawr Classical Review
[T]he book has certainly to be praised for giving a view . . . of an ancient Egyptian city, its history and its excavations. -- Robert Gozzoli, Brynr Mawr Classical Review
This is a book aimed at the expert as well as the more casual reader. . . . [A] very readable text, . . . this book is sure to become a well-used reference work for anyone interested in the site of Mendes in particular, but also in the sometimes complex history of the Nile Delta.
"This is a book aimed at the expert as well as the more casual reader. . . . [A] very readable text, . . . this book is sure to become a well-used reference work for anyone interested in the site of Mendes in particular, but also in the sometimes complex history of the Nile Delta."-- Ancient Egypt
Combining information from written records and evidence from his excavations at Mendes as well as a thorough grounding in the history of ancient Egypt, Redford offers something unique--namely, a narrative covering several thousand years of Egyptian history from the focal point of a single important city, Mendes.
"Combining information from written records and evidence from his excavations at Mendes as well as a thorough grounding in the history of ancient Egypt, Redford offers something uniquenamely, a narrative covering several thousand years of Egyptian history from the focal point of a single important city, Mendes."-- Choice
Combining information from written records and evidence from his excavations at Mendes as well as a thorough grounding in the history of ancient Egypt, Redford offers something unique--namely, a narrative covering several thousand years of Egyptian history from the focal point of a single important city, Mendes. -- Choice
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Summaries
Main Description
In this richly illustrated book, renowned archaeologist Donald Redford draws on the latest discoveries--including many of his own--to tell the story of the ancient Egyptian city of Mendes, home of the mysterious cult of the "fornicating ram who mounts the beauties." Excavation by Redford and his colleagues over the past two decades has cast a flood of light on this strange center of worship and political power located in the Nile Delta. A sweeping chronological account filled with photographs, drawings, and informative sidebars,City of the Ram-Manis the first history of Mendes written for general readers.Founded in the remote prehistoric past, inhabited continuously for 5,000 years, and abandoned only in the first-century BC, Mendes is a microcosm of ancient Egyptian history.City of the Ram-Mantells the city's full story--from its founding, through its development of a great society and its brief period as the capital of Egypt, up to its final decline. Central to the story is millennia of worship dedicated to the lascivious ram-god. The book describes the discoveries of the great temple to the ram and the "Mansion of the Rams," where the embalmed bodies of the avatars of the god were buried. It also discusses ancient Greek reports that these ram-gods occasionally ritually fornicated with women.Vividly written and enriched throughout by Redford's intimate knowledge of the remains of Mendes,City of the Ram-Manis a unique account of a long-lost monument of Egyptian history, religion, and culture.
Main Description
In this richly illustrated book, renowned archaeologist Donald Redford draws on the latest discoveries--including many of his own--to tell the story of the ancient Egyptian city of Mendes, home of the mysterious cult of the "fornicating ram who mounts the beauties." Excavation by Redford and his colleagues over the past two decades has cast a flood of light on this strange center of worship and political power located in the Nile Delta. A sweeping chronological account filled with photographs, drawings, and informative sidebars, City of the Ram-Man is the first history of Mendes written for general readers. Founded in the remote prehistoric past, inhabited continuously for 5,000 years, and abandoned only in the first-century BC, Mendes is a microcosm of ancient Egyptian history. City of the Ram-Man tells the city's full story--from its founding, through its development of a great society and its brief period as the capital of Egypt, up to its final decline. Central to the story is millennia of worship dedicated to the lascivious ram-god. The book describes the discoveries of the great temple of the ram and the "Mansion of the Rams," where the embalmed bodies of the avatars of the god were buried. It also discusses ancient Greek reports that these ram-gods occasionally ritually fornicated with women. Vividly written and informed throughout by Redford's intimate knowledge of the remains of Mendes, City of the Ram-Man is a unique account of a long-lost monument of Egyptian history, religion, and culture.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Founded in the remote prehistoric past, inhabited continuously for 5,000 years & abandoned only in the 1st century BC, Mendes is a microcosm of ancient Egyptian history. This is the first popular history of Mendes, home of the mysterious sult of the 'ram-man' & once the capital of Egypt.

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