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Published: 21 October 2004

208 Pages | 1 map, 14 halftones, 14 line illus.

ISBN: 9780192854193

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Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

Ian Shaw

Very Short Introductions

  • Opens the door compellingly to a different world, considering new research on the diet of the Egyptians alongside tales of despotic pharaohs and divine gods.
  • Author is an expert, and one of the foremost authorities on Ancient Egypt.
  • Considers all aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, from tombs and mummies to the discovery of artefacts, and the decipherment of hieroglyphs.
  • Uses one famous object (the Narmer Palette) to show how Egyptologists work
  • Includes discussion of the evidence for links between ancient Egyptian religion and Judaism and Christianity.
  • Examines the impact of Egyptology on various aspects of popular culture such as cinema, fiction writing and opera.