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A Dictionary of Ancient Egypt

Paperback|Jan 1996
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From Aha, king of the 1st Dynasty at Memphis (2920 B.C.), to the pleasure palaces at Zerukha, this fascinating A-Z dictionary places more than 1,500 entries on the rich world of ancient Egypt right at the reader's fingertips. The first...


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From Aha, king of the 1st Dynasty at Memphis (2920 B.C.), to the pleasure palaces at Zerukha, this fascinating A-Z dictionary places more than 1,500 entries on the rich world of ancient Egypt right at the reader's fingertips. The first single-volume reference of its kind, The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt vividly combines the historical, religious, creative, artistic, military, and personal details of this venerable civilization on the Nile. Covered in this easy-to-use dictionary is a wealth of information from the Predynastic period around 3000 B.C. to the fall of the New Kingdom in 1070 B.C. Here are the many pharaohs who served as the guiding forces of Egypt, such as King Tutankhamun, the most well-known pharaoh in modern times, and the many Egyptian queens who whether in command of Egypt or serving as a consort to the kings remain fascinating facets of Egyptian history for the modern world. The mortuary rituals, maintained throughout ancient Egypt's history and evolving over the centuries, are covered, from simple burials on the fringes of the settlement region and the use of tombs as a place of transfiguration, to the elaborate processes of embalming and mummification. Here also is the art, architecture, and artistic themes that so vividly represent ancient Egyptian cultural expression - the great Step Pyramid, the earliest stone building of its size in the world; scarabs, the beetle shaped amulets associated with the life-giving sun; and Satirical Papyrus, a unique collection of artistic works satirizing the state of the nation during the reigns of the last Ramessid kings. Abundantly illustrated with over 170 maps, charts, and drawings based on reliefs, paintings, and statues, TheDictionary of Ancient Egypt is an extraordinary compendium of the vitality, daring, and energy of the dynasties of ancient Egypt as they established new horizons of art, architecture, and spiritual insight on the human journe
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From Aha, king of the 1st Dynasty at Memphis (2920 B.C.), who conflictinglegends claim was killed by a hippopotamus or saved by a crocodile while beingattacked by wild dogs and credited with founding the city of Crocodilopolis as aresult, to the pleasure palace at Zerukha this fascinating A-Z dictionary placesmore than 1,500 entries on the rich world of ancient Egypt right at yourfingertips. The first single-volume reference of its kind, The Dictionary ofAncient Egypt vividly combines the historical, religious, creative, artistic,military, and personal details of this venerable civilization on the Nile.Covered in this easy-to-use dictionary is a wealth of information from thePredynastic period around 3,000 B.C. to the fall of the New Kingdom in 1070 B.C.Here are the many pharaohs who served as the guiding forces of Egypt, such asDjoser, the second king of the 3rd Dynasty, who after dreaming that the godKhnum had appeared to him complaining about the sorry state of his shrine,erected a new temple at Elephantine bringing a miraculous end to a famine thatplagued Egypt for seven years. And, of course, there is King Tutankhamun, themost well-known pharaoh in modern times because of the discovery of his tomb. Weare introduced to the many Egyptian queens, who whether in command of Egypt orserving as a consort to the kings, remain fascinating facets of Eyptian historyfor the modern world, such as Nefru-Sobek, the eight ruler of the 12th Dynasty,and Tiy, a queen of the 18th Dynasty and the first queen of Egypt to have hername on official acts, even on the announcement of the king's marriage to aforeign princess. The mortuary rituals, maintained throughout the ancientEgypt's history and evolving over the centuries, are covered, from simpleburials on the fringes of the settlement region and the use of tombs as a placeof transfiguration, to the elaborate processes of embalming and mummification,in which organs were removed from the body and preserved in canopic jars to beprotected by the four sons of the god Horus. Here also, is the art,architecture, and artistic themes that so vividly represent ancient Egyptiancultural expression--the great Step Pyramid, the earliest stone building of itssize in the world; the Great Sphinx, seventy-five feet from base to crown andone-hundred-fifty feet long; scarabs, the beetle shaped amulets associated withthe life-giving sun and believed to push the sun across the sky each day becauseof the beetle's habit of pushing a ball of dung into a hole; and SatiricalPapyrus, a unique collection of artistic works satirizing the state of thenation during the reigns of the last Ramessid kings.Abundantly illustrated with over 170 maps, charts, and drawings based onreliefs, paintings, and statues, The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt is anextraoridinary compendium of the vitality, daring, and energy of the dynastiesof ancient Egypt as they established new horizons of art, architicture, andspiritual insights on the human journey through time.
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From Aha, king of the 1st Dynasty at Memphis (2920 B.C.), to the vast complex of pleasure palaces at Zerukha this A-Z dictionary places more than 1,500 entries on the rich world of ancient Egypt right at the reader's fingertips. The first single-volume reference of its kind, The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt vividly combines the historical, religious, creative, artistic, military, and personal details of this venerable civilization on the Nile.^ This easy-to-use dictionary covers a wealth of information from the Predynastic period around 3,000 B.C. to the fall of the New Kingdom in 1,070 B.C. Here are the many pharaohs who served as the guiding forces of Egypt, such as Djoser, the second king of the 3rd Dynasty, who after dreaming that the god Khnum had appeared to him complaining about the sorry state of his shrine, erected a new temple at Elephantine bringing a miraculous end to a famine that plagued Egypt for seven years. And, of course, there is King Tutankhamun, the most well-kn
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