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Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Ian Shaw

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Jan 2021
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9780191880667
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10.1093/actrade/9780198845461.001.0001
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Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction explores the history and culture of pharaonic Egypt, including ideas about Egyptian kingship, religion, ethics, customs, and writing ... More
8. Religion

8. Religion  

Ian Shaw

in Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘Religion’ studies ancient Egyptian religion, the history of which was at one stage concerned principally with the beliefs and temples of the pharaonic period. Now it has become ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Ian Shaw

in Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘Introduction’ provides an overview of ancient Egypt, beginning with the discovery of the Narmer Palette in 1898. The Narmer Palette is one of a few surviving artefacts from the Nile Valley ... More
8. The eyes of heaven: pairs and sequences

8. The eyes of heaven: pairs and sequences  

Pinch Geraldine

in Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803467.003.0009
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The ‘sacred eye’ of Egypt brings together the two most important elements in Egyptian religion: the solar cult and the Osiris cult. The sacred eye is now one of the best known symbols of ... More
6. Identity

6. Identity  

Ian Shaw

in Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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10.1093/actrade/9780198845461.003.0006
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‘Identity’ addresses the iconography of Egypt's early ethnic identity, considering the significance of the Narmer Palette with regard to the early pharaonic Egyptians' definition of their ... More
4. Writing

4. Writing  

Ian Shaw

in Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jan 2021
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9780191880667
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10.1093/actrade/9780198845461.003.0004
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‘Writing’ focuses on Egyptian writing. Egyptian hieroglyphs consist of ideograms and phonetic signs representing the sound of all or part of a spoken word. The connections between writing ... More
5. Kingship

5. Kingship  

Ian Shaw

in Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘Kingship’ assesses Egyptian kingship and the nature of Egyptian kings. The metaphor and symbolism involved in the Egyptian kings' names and iconography has made it difficult for modern ... More
3. History

3. History  

Ian Shaw

in Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘History’ examines Egyptian history. The Narmer Palette and various other ‘protodynastic’ artefacts have long been regarded as lying at the interface of prehistory and history in ancient ... More
3. The gods themselves: deities and myth

3. The gods themselves: deities and myth  

Pinch Geraldine

in Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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Ancient Egyptian deities are more famous for the artistic depictions of them than mythological ones. Egyptian art is often misunderstood. The dominance of royalty in art is seen as ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Pinch Geraldine

in Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775802
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803467.003.0001
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Mythology played a huge part in Egyptian culture. People and events from myth permeate Egyptian art, architecture, and literature. Myths figured highly in many of the rituals performed by ... More
4. Decipherment and undeciphered scripts

4. Decipherment and undeciphered scripts  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0004
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In a technical sense, ‘decipher’ means different things to different scholars. At one end of the spectrum lies Egyptian script which is more or less completely decipherable with just a ... More
3. Disappearance of scripts

3. Disappearance of scripts  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0003
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We know more about the death of scripts than we do about their birth. No single theory can encompass why scripts flourish or vanish. Many aspects influence the survival or disappearance of ... More
5. How writing systems work

5. How writing systems work  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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‘How writing systems work’ looks at the history of the academic study of decipherment. Writing systems vary in complexity from European and American alphabetic signs, numerals, punctuation ... More
1. Writing and its emergence

1. Writing and its emergence  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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We do not need written communication to survive. However, in history, even the most complex society has developed a script or scripts. Writing is a defining marker of civilization. Writing ... More
9. Writing goes electronic

9. Writing goes electronic  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Electronic writing whether in English, Chinese, Japanese or German, uses the concepts of phoneticism, logography, rebus, and abbreviation, techniques used in ancient Mesopotamia. Computing ... More
10. Cultural heritage

10. Cultural heritage  

Ian Shaw

in Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jan 2021
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10.1093/actrade/9780198845461.003.0010
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‘Cultural heritage’ discusses the impact of the events of the Arab Spring in 2011 on pharaonic cultural heritage. The first real indication of any threat to Egyptian heritage arrived on 28 ... More
7. Death

7. Death  

Ian Shaw

in Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jan 2021
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9780191880667
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10.1093/actrade/9780198845461.003.0007
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9780198845461
‘Death’ describes ancient Egyptian attitudes to death and the cult of Osiris, looking at the tomb of King Djer at Abydos. The tomb has been regarded as the ultimate, quintessential royal ... More
1. The myth of Egypt: imagined Egypts

1. The myth of Egypt: imagined Egypts  

Pinch Geraldine

in Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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9780191775802
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803467.003.0002
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The Egyptians were gifted at creating striking visible symbols to illustrate complex ideas. An obelisk, such as Cleopatra's needle, is a sculptural representation of a mythological place ... More
4. The beautiful moment: creation myths

4. The beautiful moment: creation myths  

Pinch Geraldine

in Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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9780191775802
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803467.003.0005
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9780192803467
Egyptologists and theologians have always been fascinated by the Shabaquo Stone which preserves the contents of a scroll. The text of this scroll is the Memphite Theology and is a major ... More
2. Development and diffusion of writing

2. Development and diffusion of writing  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777509
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10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0002
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chapter
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9780199567782
After writing had been ‘invented’ in Mesopotamia, or Egypt, it diffused across the world. Did it go eastwards to India, China, and Japan? Did it go westwards to Europe and Meso-America? Or ... More

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