The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt

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Ian Shaw
OUP Oxford, 2003 M10 23 - 544 pages
The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is the only book available providing detailed historical coverage of Egypt from the early Stone Age to its incorporation into the Roman Empire. The lively essays and beautiful illustrations portray the emergence and development of the distinctive civilization of the ancient Egyptians covering the period from 700,000 BC to ad 311. The authors - each 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 previously regarded as 'dark ages'. Against the backdrop of the rise and fall of ruling dynasties, this Oxford History also examines cultural and social patterns, including stylistic developments in art and literature. The pace of change in such aspects of Egyptian culture as monumental architecture, funerary beliefs, and ethnicity was not necessarily tied to the rate of political change. Each of the authors has therefore set out to elucidate, in both words and pictures, the underlying patterns of social and political change, and to describe the changing face of ancient Egypt, from the biographical details of individuals to the social and economic factors that shaped the lives of the population as a whole.

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A survey of Egyptian history from prehistory until the supremacy of Christianity in the middle 300s. A lot of archaeological detail is given for the discoveries of prehistory and for the Second ... Read full review

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Chronologies and Cultural Change in Egypt
From the Palaeolithic to the Badarian Culture c7000004000 BC
The Naqada Period c40003200 BC
4The Emergence of the Egyptian State c32002686 BC
5The Old Kingdom c26862160 BC
10The Amarna Period and the Later New Kingdom c 13521069 BC
11Egypt and the Outside World
12The Third Intermediate Period 1069664 BC
13The Late Period 664332 BC
14The Ptolemaic Period 33230 BC
15The Roman Period 30 BCAD 395

6The First Intermediate Period c21602055 BC
7The Middle Kingdom Renaissance c20551650 BC
8The Second Intermediate Period c16501550 BC
9The 18th Dynasty before the Amarna Period c15501352 BC

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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)

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