Author: Douglas J. Brewer
Release Date: 2014-05-01
Ancient Egypt is a beautifully illustrated, easy-to-read book covering the formative era of the Egyptian civilization: the age before the pyramids. Douglas Brewer shows why an awareness of the earliest phase of Egyptian history is crucial to understanding of later Egyptian culture. Beginning with a quick review of the fields of Egyptology and archaeology, Ancient Egypt takes the reader on a compelling survey of Egypt's prehistoric past. The books tours the Nile Valley to explore its impact on all aspects of life, from day-to-day living to regional politics, and introduces the reader to the Nile Valley's earliest inhabitants and the very first "Egyptians".
Author: Annette Imhausen
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Medicine, astronomy, dealing with numbers even the cultures of the pre-modern world offer a rich spectrum of scientific texts. But how are they best translated? Is it sufficient to translate the sources into modern scientific language, and thereby, above all, to identify their deficits? Or would it be better to adopt the perspective of the sources themselves, strange as they are, only for them not to be properly understood by modern readers? Renowned representatives of various disciplines and traditions present a controversial and constructive discussion of these problems."
Author: Edward Brovarski
Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Release Date: 2000-12-31
Genre: Social Science
An account of the excavation of Senedjemib Inti (G2370), Khnumenti (G2374) and Senedjemib Mahi (G2378). Located at the northwest corner of the Great Pyramid, the Senedjemib Complex contains the well-known tombs of the Senedjemib Inti and his son Senedjemib Mehi, who served the kings Isesi and Unis respectively as viziers and overseers of royal works. Excavations in 1912-13 revealed that the two tombs formed part of a great complex of family tombs erected around a paved court, and that four generations of the Senedjemib family served as viziers of Egypt and royal architects over a hundred year period in the later old Kingdom. The tombs document changes in tomb architecture and decoration from the end of the fifth dynasty to the end of the sixth. Additionally they contain two lengthy autobiographical inscriptions.
Author: Mary Douglas
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 1999
This first full-scale account of Leviticus by a world renowned anthropologist presents the biblical work as a literary masterpiece. Seen in an anthropological perspective Leviticus has a mystical structure which plots the book into three parts corresponding to the three parts of the desert tabernacle, both corresponding to the parts of Mount Sinai. This completely new reading transforms the interpretation of the purity laws. The pig and other forbidden animals are not abhorrent, they command the same respect due to all God's creatures. Boldly challenging several traditions of Bible criticism, Mary Douglas claims that Leviticus is not the narrow doctrine of a crabbed professional priesthood but a powerful intellectual statement about a modern religion which emphasizes God's justice and compassion.
Author: Gemma C. M. Jansen
Publisher: Peeters Pub & Booksellers
Release Date: 2001
Sicily, with its abundant presence of historical waterworks, served as background for the 10th international conference on the history of water management and hydraulic engineering in the Mediterranean region in May 1998. The conference addressed five themes as a basis for discussion and as a stimulus for new debate and for finding new directions for research. The first topic dealt with the conditions imposed by nature, their influence upon human behaviour and, consequently, the development of water management. The tangible results of human responses to these parameters set by nature were the subject of the second and third theme respectively, that is to say, on the building of aquaducts and the water management of Roman baths. Themes four and five went beyond a mere examination of the archaeological realia: they dealt with the questions whether there was a water shortage or a water surplus in Roman cities and whether the Romans had a hygienic lifestyle. These issues were tabled in order to improve our understanding of the context of ancient water management. These proceedings contain the papers given at the conference, many of them presenting cases from Sicily. There are contributions by archaeologists, historians, geologists, hydraulic engineers and urban historians, all specialists in the field of historical water research. The volume is richly illustrated.
Author: Christopher A. Faraone
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Release Date: 1997
This collection challenges the tendency among scholars of ancient Greece to see magical and religious ritual as mutually exclusive and to ignore "magical" practices in Greek religion. The contributors survey specific bodies of archaeological, epigraphical, and papyrological evidence for magical practices in the Greek world, and, in each case, determine whether the traditional dichotomy between magic and religion helps in any way to conceptualize the objective features of the evidence examined. Contributors include Christopher A. Faraone, J.H.M. Strubbe, H.S. Versnel, Roy Kotansky, John Scarborough, Samuel Eitrem, Fritz Graf, John J. Winkler, Hans Dieter Betz, and C.R. Phillips.
Author: James P. Allen
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York
Release Date: 2004-01-01
This book presents a new study of the important Middle Kingdom papyri of Heqanakht. Featured scholarship includes microscopic and computer examination data, previously unpublished excavation archives from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, photographs, facsimiles, and hieroglyphic transcriptions of all eight preserved papyri and five inscribed fragments. Also included are never-before-seen photographs of the tomb in which the papyri were found; translations and textual commentary; epigraphic and linguistic analysis; and studies of the people, places, archaeological context and chronology of the papyri. The accompanying CD contains enlargeable full-colour images of all the papyri in Adobe Acrobat format, usable in both PC and Mac format, along with the Acrobat Reader programme needed to view them.
Author: Paul McKechnie
Release Date: 2008-10-16
Genre: Social Science
Ptolemy II Philadelphus, second Macedonian king of Egypt (282-246BC), captured intellectual high ground by founding the Alexandrian Library and Museum, and cemented celebrity status by bankrolling his courtesans' endeavours in Olympic chariot-racing. In this book scholars analyse a range of key aspects of Phiadelphus' world.