Ancient Egypt in 101 Questions and Answers

Ancient Egypt in 101 Questions and Answers

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How well do we really know ancient Egypt? The world of the Egyptians seems strangely familiar to us: exhibitions of ancient art and archaeological discoveries in the desert sands continue to generate interest and amazement, while Egyptian motifs appear in architecture, literature, artworks, advertising, and film. Yet, this modern reception can sometimes preserve the myths and inaccuracies about ancient Egypt that derive from classical antiquity and the Renaissance. It is only in the past two hundred years that we have been able to read for ourselves ancient Egyptian texts and to reveal the true nature of its civilization through excavation. This modern discovery of ancient Egypt is now astonishing us with a culture of incomparable richness and remarkable diversity.

In this book, the internationally acclaimed Egyptologist Thomas Schneider asks, "What are the 101 most important questions about ancient Egypt?" The questions he has chosen--and the answers he provides--challenge almost everything we thought we knew about the ancient civilization in the Nile valley. They range from the surprising ("Why did upper-class Egyptians never wear a beard?") to the profound ("Was ancient Egypt a culture of death?") and the provocative ("What do we not know about ancient Egypt?"). Schneider's answers will surprise, inspire, and challenge a wide range of readers. Ancient Egypt in 101 Questions and Answers provides a completely fresh way of looking at all aspects of ancient Egypt--from history, art, and everyday life to religion and ancient attitudes to death and the afterlife.

Publisher: Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780801452543
Characteristics: pages cm


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Jul 12, 2018

This is a rather fun way to get a sense of ancient Egyptian society in brief - one to three pages - answers to a wide array of questions, from pyramids to sports (yes, they even had sports! (its the first time I ever heard of it)). Since its coverage is so broad and the questions do not array themselves into chronological order one is left with an awkward impression with little sense of change and social conditions over the course of ages. Some of the answers are quite specific. The map at the beginning is of nearly no use because the words printed on it are printed extremely small, and some places referred to in the text are not marked. Although I read it straight through, its probably better to dip into it by checking whether the questions interests you, and then hopscotch around using the references in the chapter to direct you to another one. A longish but non-academic and well organized further reading guide at the end.

Feb 20, 2014

i like turtles


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