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Ancient Egypt : anatomy of a civilization

Author: Barry J Kemp
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Third editionView all editions and formats
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This fully revised and updated third edition of the bestselling Ancient Egypt seeks to identify what gave ancient Egypt its distinctive and enduring characteristics, ranging across material culture, the mindset of its people, and social and economic factors. In this volume, Barry J. Kemp identifies the ideas by which the Egyptians organized their experience of the world and explains how they maintained a uniform  Read more...
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Kemp, Barry J.
Ancient Egypt.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
(DLC) 2017048871
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barry J Kemp
ISBN: 9780415827256 0415827256 9780415827263 0415827264
OCLC Number: 1006532085
Description: xvi, 398 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part I. Establishing identity. Who were the ancient Egyptians? --
The intellectual foundations of the early state --
The dynamics of culture --
Part II. The provider state. The bureaucratic mind --
Model communities --
Part III. Intimations of our futures. New Kingdom Egypt : the mature state --
The birth of economic man --
Egypt in microcosm : the city of Amarna.
Responsibility: Barry J. Kemp.

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This fully revised and updated third edition of the bestselling Ancient Egypt seeks to identify what gave ancient Egypt its distinctive and enduring characteristics, ranging across material culture, the mindset of its people, and social and economic factors. In this volume, Barry J. Kemp identifies the ideas by which the Egyptians organized their experience of the world and explains how they maintained a uniform style in their art and architecture across three thousand years, whilst accommodating substantial changes in outlook. The underlying aim is to relate ancient Egypt to the broader mainstream of our understanding of how all human societies function. Source material is taken from ancient written documents, while the book also highlights the contribution that archaeology makes to our understanding of Egyptian culture and society. It uses numerous case studies, illustrating them with artwork expressly prepared from specialist sources. Broad ranging yet impressively detailed, the book is an indispensable text for all students of ancient Egypt and for the general reader--back cover.

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