Ancient Egyptian cities and towns have until recently been one of the least-studied and least-published aspects of this great civilization. Now, new research and excavation are transforming our knowledge. This is the first book to bring these latest discoveries to a wide general and scholarly audience, and to provide a comprehensive overview of what we know about ancient settlement during the dynastic period. From the earliest city, Hierakonpolis, founded at the beginning of Egyptian history around 3000 BC, to the famous metropolis of Alexandria, one of the great cities of the Greco-Roman world, the development of urban living is explored throughout the whole Nile Valley and Delta. The different parts of Egyptian cities and towns are examined in detail, with accounts of the sacred precincts, royal palaces and military fortifications as well as forensic descriptions of a variety of typical houses. And beyond the monumental architecture and domestic buildings, the reader is introduced to daily life in ancient Egypt: from essential provisioning of food and water to evidence of sport and leisure activities, from early schooling to the ritual activities surrounding death, from labor to politics to religion. Evidence from literature, scribal texts, inscriptions and graffiti, as well as artifacts and architectural remains, combine to re-create in amazing detail the everyday lives of the inhabitants of these communities. Written by a leading authority, and supported by a detailed gazetteer of sites, The Complete Cities of Ancient Egypt has a range and depth beyond any other publication on the subject and will quickly become the standard work, as well as appealing to all those who seek to look beyond the tombs and temples to the urban life of those who made their homes along the Nile.
The Complete Cities of Ancient Egypt
220 (200 in color)
For sale only in the Middle East
Standard editionFarid Atiya
The full range of the history and archaeology of ancient Egypt is presented in this lavishly illustrated book. Also available in French, German, Italian, and Spanish...read more
1 March 2007
418 color illus., 65 b/w drawings and maps
Annales du Service des Antiquités de l’Egypte
Supreme Council of Antiquities
Vol. 74Supreme Council of Antiquities
For centuries, Egyptian civilization and its antiquities have inspired passionate interest. Archaeologists, engineers, astronomers, poets, painters, people of different cultures, and travelers have been riveted by Egypt’s ancient monuments. How much do we really know about these awe-inspiring wonders of the ancient world? This publication provides an up-to-date account of archaeology in the land of the pharaohs, including new discoveries and recent studies. This authoritative volume remains the definitive source for the findings of the various archaeological excavations undertaken in Egypt. For more than a hundred years, the Annales du Service has been studied by Egyptologists, students, and laypersons alike. Published under the auspices of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, its contributors include some of the most well-known Egyptologists in the world covering a broad range of archaeological disciplines and spectrums....read more
31 March 2013
11 b/w illus., 7 tables
African Kingdoms on the Nile
Edited by Marjorie M. Fisher Peter Lacovara Salima Ikram Sue D’Auria Photographs by Chester Higgins Jr. Foreword by Zahi Hawass
African Kingdoms on the NileEdited by Marjorie M. Fisher
Photographs byChester Higgins Jr.
Foreword by Zahi Hawass
2012 American Publishers (PROSE) Awards winner for Best Archaeology & Anthropology Book
For most of the modern world, ancient Nubia seems an unknown and enigmatic land. Only a handful of archaeologists have studied its history or unearthed the Nubian cities, temples, and cemeteries that once dotted the landscape of southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Nubia’s remote setting in the midst of an inhospitable desert, with access by river blocked by impassable rapids, has lent it not only an air of mystery, but also isolated it from exploration. Over the past century, particularly during this last generation, scholars have begun to focus more attention on the fascinating cultures of ancient Nubia, ironically prompted by the construction of large dams that have flooded vast tracts of the ancient land. This book attempts to document some of what has recently been discovered about ancient Nubia, with its remarkable history, architecture, and culture, and thereby to give us a picture of this rich, but unfamiliar, African legacy....read more
6 September 2012
200 color illus.
The Necropolis of the Sons of the Sun
The Necropolis of the Sons of the SunMiroslav Verner
At the center of the world-famous pyramid field of the Memphite necropolis lies a group of pyramids, temples, and tombs named after the nearby village of Abusir. Long overshadowed by the more familiar pyramids at Giza and Saqqara, this area has nonetheless been the site, for the last fifty years, of an extensive operation to discover its past. This thoroughly updated in-depth study documents the uncovering by a dedicated team of Czech archaeologists of a hitherto neglected wealth of ancient remains dating from the Old Kingdom to the Late Period. This is Abusir, realm of Osiris, God of the dead, and its story is one of both modern archaeology and the long-buried mysteries that it seeks to uncover....read more
1 August 2017
210 bw 25 color
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