Author(s): Ian Shaw (Editor)
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 principalsequence 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, andto 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.
List of Maps; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Prehistory: Palaeolithic and Neolithic; Predynastic Period; Late Predynastic and Early Dynastic; The Rise of Eqyptian Civilization; The Old Kingdom; The First Intermediate Period; The Middle Kingdom; The Second Intermediate Period; The New Kingdom: Pre-Amarna; The New Kingdom: Amarna and Post-Amarna; Egypt and the Outside World; The Third Intermediate Period; The Late Period; The Ptolemaic Period; The Roman Period; Further Reading; Chronological Tables; Acknowledgement of Sources; Index