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Lionel Casson offers a comprehensive introduction to the people of ancient Egypt. He describes the structure of Egyptian society-the levels from peasant to pharaoh, the nature of the family, and the role of women. He reviews the professions, from the lowliest scribes to the architects and engineers who built the pyramids, and examines the work of sculptors, painters, cabinetmakers, jewelers, and smiths whose hands turned out the sculptures, murals, and objects of beauty that are so prized today. He deals with that key factor in Egyptian life, religion: the nature of the gods; the powerful role played by belief in the afterlife; and the career of one pharaoh, Akhenaten, who attempted to put heretical views into practice. Originally published in 1975 as The Horizon Book of Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, this revised edition includes a new chapter as well as full documentation of the sources.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801866012
ISBN-10: 0801866014
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 10mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 25-May-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lionel Casson

Lionel Casson is a professor emeritus of classics at New York University and has written many books about life in the ancient world, including Travel in the Ancient World, Everyday Life in Ancient Rome, and Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World, all available from Johns Hopkins.

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