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Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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The ancient Egyptians are an enduring source of fascination--mummies and pyramids, curses and rituals have captured our imaginations for generations. We all have a mental picture of ancient Egypt, but is it the right one? How much do we really know about this once great civilization?

In this absorbing introduction, Ian Shaw, one of the foremost authorities on Ancient Egypt, describes how our current ideas about Egypt are based not only on the thrilling discoveries made by early Egyptologists but also on fascinating new kinds of evidence produced by modern scientific and linguistic analyses. He also explores the changing influences on our responses to these finds, by examining the impact of Egyptology on various aspects of popular culture such as literature, cinema, opera, and contemporary art. He considers all aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, from tombs and mummies to the discovery of artifacts and the decipherment of hieroglyphs, and from despotic pharaohs to animal-headed gods. From the general reader interested in Ancient Egypt, to students and teachers of ancient history and archaeology, to museum-goers, this Very Short Introduction will not disappoint.

Synopsis:

Examines the impact of Egyptology on various aspects of popular culture such as cinema, fiction writing and opera.

About the Author

Ian Shaw is Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Liverpool. He is currently involved in fieldwork at the Gebel el-Asr gneiss quarrying region in Upper Egypt. His books include The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology, and Exploring Ancient Egypt.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: What is Egyptology?

2. Pyramids: tombs, teabags and extra-terrestrials

3. Hieroglyphs: cracking codes and stalking syntax

4. Pharaohs: 'oriental despots' and the icons of power

5. Mummies: the dead, the undead and the cursed

6. Cults and the occult: the influence of Egypt on religions and secret societies

7. Temples: from Abu Simbel to Vegas

8. Race: 'Black Pharaohs' and Afro-centric history

9. Egyptology in the 21st century

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780192854193
Author:
SHAW, IAN
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Ian
Location:
N
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Egypt
Subject:
Ancient - Egypt
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
History, World | Ancient | Egyptian
Subject:
Egypt Antiquities.
Subject:
Egypt Civilization To 332 B.C.
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Copyright:
Series:
VERY SHORT INTRODUCTIONS
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map, 14 halftones, 14 line illus.
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
173 X 121 in.

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