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The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is the only book available providing detailed historical coverage of Egypt from the early Stone Age to its incorporation into the Roman Empire. The lively essays and beautiful illustrations portray the emergence and development of the distinctive civilization of the ancient Egyptians covering the period from 700,000 BC to ad 311. The authors - each working at the cutting edge of their particular fields - outline the principal sequence of political events, including detailed examinations of the three so-called Intermediate Periods previously regarded as 'dark ages'. Against the backdrop of the rise and fall of ruling dynasties, this Oxford History also examines cultural and social patterns, including stylistic developments in art and literature. The pace of change in such aspects of Egyptian culture as monumental architecture, funerary beliefs, and ethnicity was not necessarily tied to the rate of political change. Each of the authors has therefore set out to elucidate, in both words and pictures, the underlying patterns of social and political change, and to describe the changing face of ancient Egypt, from the biographical details of individuals to the social and economic factors that shaped the lives of the population as a whole.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780192802934
ISBN-10: 0192802933
Format: Paperback
(241mm x 176mm x 24mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 14-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » This comprehensive guide to the ancient Egyptians provides facts on every aspect of their civilization, starting in the Stone Age and following their architectural, cultural, artistic, political and religious development until their incorporation into the Roman Empire. Designed for readers with more than a passing interest in the subject, the incisive text is accompanied by maps, floorplans of buildings, sumptuous colour photographs of objects and reproductions of wall-paintings. A must for anyone wanting to learn more about this enigmatic people and their world and an excellent introduction and reference source for students of ancient history. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Ian Shaw

Ian Shaw studied Archaeology and Egyptology at Cambridge University, gaining a PhD on the archaeological remains at Tell el-Amarna. He later undertook research into Egyptian quarrying and mining sites as a British Academy Research Fellow at New Hall, Cambridge. His other publications include Ancient Egyptian Warfare and Weapons (1992), The British Museum Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (1995), The Dictionary of Archaeology (1999), and Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology (2000)

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