This book provides an introduction to one of the greatest civilizations of all time - ancient Egypt. Beginning with a geographical overview that explains the development of Egyptian belief systems as well as its subsequent political development, it examines methodology, the history of the discipline of Egyptology, religion, social organization, urban and rural life, and death. It also includes a section on how people of all ranks lived. Lavishly illustrated, with many unusual photographs of rarely seen sites that are seldom illustrated, this volume is suitable for use in introductory-level courses on ancient Egypt. It offers a variety of student-friendly features, including a glossary, a bibliography, and a list of sources for those who wish to further their interest in ancient Egypt.
Salima Ikram is Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. An archaeologist of ancient Egypt, she is the author of several scholarly and popular books, including, most recently, Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt, Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt, and, with A. M. Dodson, The Tomb in Ancient Egypt.
1. The black and the red: geography and environment; 2. Travellers, thieves, and scholars: the history of Egyptology and Egyptomania; 3. Recreating Ancient Egypt: sources and methodologies; 4. Shadows in the sand: Egypt's past; 5. Maintaining Egypt: religion; 6. Kings and commoners: Egyptian society and government; 7. Town and country life; 8. From sunrise to sunset: daily life of the Ancient Egyptians; 9. The living and the dead: mummies, tombs, and mortuary.