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Ancient Egypt : A Very Short Introduction - Ian Shaw

Ancient Egypt

A Very Short Introduction

By: Ian Shaw


Published: 22nd July 2004
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The ancient Egyptians are an enduring source of fascination – mummies and pyramids, curses and rituals have captured the imagination of generations. Considers all aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, from tombs and mummies to the discovery of artefacts, and the decipherment of hieroglyphs, and examines the impact of Egyptology on various aspects of popular culture such as cinema, fiction writing, and opera.

About the Author

Ian Shaw studied Archaeology and Egyptology at Cambridge University from 1979 to 1983. He obtained his PhD (a study of the artefacts at el-Amarna) from Wolfson College, Cambridge University in 1987. From 1986 to 1990 he edited the ancient Egyptian section of the Macmillan Dictionary of Art. From 1990 to 1994, he undertook research into Egyptian quarrying and mining sites as a British Academy Research Fellow at New Hall, Cambridge. From 1995 to 2000 he was a Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

He is currently Lecturer in Classics and Oriental Studies at the University of Liverpool.

1: Introduction: the story so far
2: Discovering and inventing: constructing ancient Egypt
3: History: building chronologies and writing histories
4: Writing: the origins and implications of hieroglyphs
5: Kingship: stereotyping and the 'oriental despot'
6: Identity: issues of ethnicity, race, and gender
7: Death: mummification, dismemberment, and the cult of Osiris
8: Religion: Egyptian gods and temples
9: Egyptomania: the recylcing and reinventing of Egypt's icons and images
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ISBN: 9780192854193
ISBN-10: 0192854194
Series: VSI
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 22nd July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 11.1  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.18