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The mind of Egypt : history and meaning in the time of the Pharaohs

Author: Jan Assmann
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Mind of Egypt presents an unprecedented account of the mainsprings of Egyptian civilization - the ideas, values, mentalities, belief systems, and aspirations that shaped the first territorial state in human history. Drawing on a range of literary, iconographic, and archaeological sources, the renowed historian Jan Assmann reconstructs a world of unparalleled complexity, a culture that, long before others,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Assmann
ISBN: 0674012119 9780674012110
OCLC Number: 52251299
Description: ix, 513 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the meaningful form of history --
The predynastic period and the Old Kingdom. The beginings ; The Old Kingdom --
The first intermediate period. Historical outline ; Traces ; Messages ; Memories --
The Middle Kingdom. Historical outline ; State, script, education : despotism illuminated from within ; The politicization of connective justice ; Wrath and love : the two faces of power and the rhetoric of decision ; The foundation of connective justice in the hereafter : the judgment of the dead ; The two worlds and the language of despair ; Representation, mediacy, the "riven world," and the problem of evil --
The New Kingdom. Historical outline ; Cosmotheism as a form of knowledge ; Akhenaten's revolution ; Personal piety and the theology of will ; Ramesses II and the Battle of Qadesh ; Changing the structure of the past ; The decline of the New Kingdom --
Theocracy, polyarchy, archaism. Tanis and Thebes : the age of division ; Libyan polyarchy and the State of Napata ; Memory and renewal : the Ethiopian and Saite Renaissance --
Egypt under the Persians and Greeks. Historical outline ; The Demotic chronicle and the political messianism of the Late Period ; The cultural construction of otherness : trauma and phobia ; Re-membering Osiris --
Conclusion : Egypt as trace, message, and memory.
Other Titles: Ägypten (1996).
Responsibility: Jan Assmann ; translated by Andrew Jenkins.

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