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Dialogues with the Dead: Egyptology in British Culture and Religion, 1822-1922 (Classical Presences)

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Almost every great figure in nineteenth-century Britain, from Thomas Carlyle to William Gladstone to Charles Darwin, read histories of ancient Egypt and argued about their content. Egypt became a focal point in disputes over the nature of human origins, the patterns underlying human history, the status and purpose of the Bible, and the cultural role of the classics. Egyptian archaeology ingrained its influence everywhere from the lecture halls of the ancient universities to the devotional aids of rural Sunday schools, and the plots of sensation fiction.

Dialogues with the Dead shows, for the first time, how Egyptology's development over the century that followed the decipherment of the hieroglyphic script in 1822 can be understood only through its intimate entanglement with the historical, scientific, and religious contentions which defined the era.

About the Author

David Gange is Lecturer in History at the University of Birmingham.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

List of Figures

Introduction: The Accession of Menes

1. The Old Kingdom: Ancient Egypt at mid century

2. First Intermediate Period: The Religion of Science and the Science of Religion

3. The Middle Kingdom: Orthodox Egypt, 1880-1900

4. Second Intermediate Period: Petrie's Prehistory and the Oxyrhynchus papyri

5. The New Kingdom: Ancient Egypt and the Cycles of Civilisation after 1900

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199653102
Author:
Gange, David
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Gange, David
Subject:
Ancient - Egypt
Subject:
Classical Studies | Ancient History | Egyptian
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 illus.
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
5.7 x 8.6 x 1.1 in 1.244 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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