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Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Ian Shaw

January 2021

ISBN: 9780198845461

216 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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The ancient Egyptians are an enduring source of fascination, from mummies and pyramids, to curses and rituals. In this second edition of his Very Short Introduction, Ian Shaw explores the history and culture of pharaonic Egypt, and examines the latest research on Ancient Egyptian ideas of death, kingship, religion, race, sex, and gender.

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The ancient Egyptians are an enduring source of fascination, from mummies and pyramids, to curses and rituals. In this second edition of his Very Short Introduction, Ian Shaw explores the history and culture of pharaonic Egypt, and examines the latest research on Ancient Egyptian ideas of death, kingship, religion, race, sex, and gender.

  • Written by 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
  • Includes information based on personal archaeological research and fieldwork
  • Uses an iconic protodynastic object - the Narmer Palette - to provide an exciting framework for this general discussion of pharaonic Egypt
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

New to this edition

  • Includes a new chapter on the impact of the Arab Spring on approaches to Egyptian museums and cultural heritage
  • Takes into account recent archaeological discoveries and the latest scholarship on Ancient Egypt
  • Incorporates new research on chronology, particularly the use of radiocarbon dating
  • Includes a new section dealing with same-sex desire

About the Author(s)

Ian Shaw, Research Fellow in Egyptian Archaeology, University of Liverpool

Ian Shaw is a Research Fellow in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Liverpool, as well as Visiting Professor in Egyptology at the Northeast Normal University, Changchun. He has excavated and surveyed at the cities of Amarna, Gurob, and Memphis, the Valley of the Kings, and the ancient quarrying and mining sites of Hatnub, Wadi el-Hudi, Gebel el-Asr, and Wadi Hammamat. His publications include The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt (2000), Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology (2000), The British Museum Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (2008), Ancient Egyptian Technology and Innovation (2012) and (with Elizabeth Bloxam) The Oxford Handbook of Egyptology(2020).

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    List of illustrations
    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 recycling and reinventing of Egypt’s icons and images
    10:The 'Arab Spring', new museums, and cultural heritage in modern Egypt
    References
    Further reading
    Useful websites
    Glossary
    Timeline
    Index

Reviews

"The author is on top of every aspect of their topics, and fully up to date... The entirely new chapter on the 'Arab Spring', new museums, and cultural heritage in modern Egypt is very welcome and thought provoking." - John Tait, Emeritus Professor of Egyptology, UCL