Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt
 
Since it was first published in 1980, the Atlas of Ancient Egypt has become recognised as a classic work and has yet to be replaced as the best and most comprehensive introduction there is to the civilisation of ancient Egypt. Ancient Egypt
 
The authors,John Baines and Jaromir Malek,who are two distinguished Egyptologists,have comprehensively revised and updated the text for this new edition.
 
Every map has been redigitised, new photographs have been added,and there is a completely new bibliography,enhancing the book’s value as an indispensable reference work for scholars.
Far more than an atlas in the traditional sense of the word,the many detailed maps,informative text,and numerous colour photographs, drawings and plans illuminate every aspect of ancient Egypt.
 
Atlas of Ancient Egypt is divided into three parts.The first established the cultural setting of ancient Egypt,with chapters on its geography, archaeology, history, art and architecture.The second part takes the reader on a journey down the Nile, calling at some 90 sites where significant discoveries have been made or spectacular monuments stand. From the rock-cut tombs of Aswan to the pyramids at Giza from the treasures of Tut’ankhamun to the shifting sands of the delta,the reader is transported effortlessly by means of maps,photographs,site plans and descriptive accounts of the visible remains.
 
 Ancient EgyptA further journey takes the intrepid traveller into Nubia and to the temples of Abu Simbel, rescued from the waters of Lake Nasser. The third part considers important aspects of,Egyptian society and daily life.
 
Throughout the book, special features look more closely at selected themes such as the construction of the Pyramids, hieroglyphic writing,Egyptian gods,and the influence of Egypt on Western art.
 
There is a helpful checklist of museums with Egyptian collections. Other important reference features include a chronological table, ist of kings and dynasties,glossary, bibliography,gazetteer and index.
 
The monuments pyramids, temples and tombs, statues and still - represent some of the most valuable sources for our knowledge of ancient Egypt.
 
A study of monuments, either still at various sites all over Egypt, or in their new locations in museums and collections,is also a happy meeting-ground of specialists and non-specialists.
No great scholarship is required in order to be impressed by the grandeur and technical accomplishment of the Great Pyramid at Giza, o be enchanted by paintings in the Ramessid tombs at Deir el-Medina, or be left dumbounded by the extravagantly opulent taste shown in the objects from the tomb of Tuttankhamun in the Valley of the Kings,and now in the Cairo Museum.
 
Ancient Egypt
 
Nonetheless, knowledge adds significantly to our appreciation and enjoyment.
So the aim of this book is easily defined: to provide a systematic survey of the most important sites with ancient Egyptian monuments,an assessment of their historical and cultural importance and a brief description of their salient features,based on the most up-to-date Egyptological knowledge and thoroughly revised for this new edition. Further chapters and special features deal with general aspects of Egyptian civilisation.
 
These enable readers to find their bearings quickly in the initially bewildering mass of names of places,kings,and gods, and at the same time help them to understand broader issues in the development of Egyptian society and the fluctuating fortunes of Egyptian towns and temples.
 
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Geographically, the limits of the book are set by the frontiers of Egypt along the Nile, as far south as the first cataract and as far north as the Mediterranean; the main exceptions are Egypt’s traditional imperial extension into Lower Nubia, Sinai, and the oases in the western desert.
 
The maps present much of the book’s content topographically, and supplement the information in the text at many points.Those in Parts One and Three are organised by theme and period.
 
In Part Two the maps for each section present a detailed, largescale view of the successive stages of our journey, including both ancient and modern features.
The period covered by the native Egyptian dynasties of kings (with the brief interruptions of foreign rule), about 2950 to 332 B.C, provides the temporal setting.
 
But some knowledge of Predynastic Egypt is essentia1 for understanding the earliest stages of dynastic history, while for centuries the culture of the Greco-Roman Period remained largely Egyptian; these two phases,sometimes treated as separate units, are referred to and discussed where appropriate.
 
In writing this book the authors have envisaged their "typical reader" as anyone interested in ancient Egypt. 
 
Ancient Egypt
 
The book is arranged in such a way that there is no need to read it straight through for its individual sections to remain comprehensible. There is a firm geographical framework, and the sites are discussed proceeding from south to north. The ancient Egyptians themselves used this scheme, and began their systematic lists at Elephantine (Aswan).
 
Many modern books are arranged from north to south, which was the approach experienced by travelers of the last century who arrived by boat at Alexandria, went from there to Cairo and, provided they were adventurous and prepared to accept some discomfort, further south.
 
Instead the authors have decided to follow the Egyptians, so that they can see the country as far as possible from their own viewpoint. Readers are; of course, free to begin their personal journeys wherever they wish. One of the authors’ aims has been to help those intending to visit Egypt by "briefing" them in advance.
 
Those who have already seen that fascinating country might like to refresh their memory, and perhaps broaden their understanding of it, while those who simply like reading about civilisations of long ago may enjoy a new approach to one of the greatest.
It is also hoped that students in related disciplines will find this book useful when seeking reliable information about ancient Egypt.
 
Last, and most important, the authors have communicated to readers some of the enjoyment that brought us to the subject in the first place.
Part One is largely the work of John Baines and Part Two of Jaromir Malek; Part Three is shared between them
 
 Atlas of Ancient Egypt
By :John Baines & Jaromir Malek

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