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The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt

Edited by Ian Shaw

Publication Date - February 2004

ISBN: 9780192804587

552 pages

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An international team of experts illuminate the history of ancient Egypt


The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt uniquely covers 700,000 years of ancient Egypt, from c. 700,000 BC to AD 311. Following the story from the Egyptians' prehistoric origins to their conquest by the Persians, Greeks, and Romans, this book resurrects a fascinating society replete with remarkable historical information. It investigates such subjects as the changing nature of life and death in the Nile valley to some of the earliest masterpieces of art, architecture, and literature in the ancient world. The authors--an international team of experts working at the cutting edge of their particular fields--outline the principal sequence of political events, including detailed examinations of the three so-called 'intermediate periods' which were previously regarded as 'dark ages' and are only now beginning to be better understood. They also examine cultural and social patterns, including stylistic developments in art and literature. Addressing the issues surrounding this distinctive culture, vividly relating the rise and fall of ruling dynasties, exploring colorful personalities, and uncovering surprising facts, The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is certain to enrich our understanding of this endlessly intriguing civilization.
"Brimming with...intriguing facts...also provides a first-rate overview of le progrès Egyptien--from the period when Homo erectus first stalked the land right up to Octavian's triumphant entry into Egypt in 30 BC."--The Times (London) (on the previous edition)


  • 'brimming with intriguing facts ... a first-rate overview' (The Times)
  • Subject of enormous general interest
  • The contributors are well known and respected scholars
  • Sets events from the early Stone Age to the time of the Romans within their historical context
  • Includes the most detailed examinations of the three so-called 'intermediate periods' in Egyptian history, which were previously regarded as 'dark ages' but are now beginning to be better understood

About the Author(s)

Ian Shaw studied Archaeology and Egyptology at Cambridge University, gaining a PhD on the archaeological remains at Tell el-Amarna. He later undertook research into Egyptian quarrying and mining sites as a British Academy Research Fellow at New Hall, Cambridge. His other publications include Ancient Egyptian Warfare and Weapons (1992), The British Museum Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (1995), The Dictionary of Archaeology (1999), and Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology (2000)

Table of Contents

    List of Maps; Acknowledgements
    Prehistory: Palaeolithic and Neolithic
    Predynastic Period
    Late Predynastic and Early Dynastic
    The Rise of Eqyptian Civilization
    The Old Kingdom
    The First Intermediate Period
    The Middle Kingdom
    The Second Intermediate Period
    The New Kingdom: Pre-Amarna
    The New Kingdom: Amarna and Post-Amarna
    Egypt and the Outside World
    The Third Intermediate Period
    The Late Period
    The Ptolemaic Period
    The Roman Period
    Further Reading; Chronological Tables; Acknowledgement of Sources; Index