Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

Ancient Egypt A Very Short Introduction The ancient Egyptians are an enduring source of fascination mummies and pyramids curses and rituals have captured our imaginations for generations We all have a mental picture of ancient Egypt but i

  • Title: Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: Ian Shaw
  • ISBN: 9780192854193
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • The ancient Egyptians are an enduring source of fascination mummies and pyramids, curses and rituals have captured our imaginations for generations We all have a mental picture of ancient Egypt, but is it the right one How much do we really know about this once great civilization In this absorbing introduction, Ian Shaw, one of the foremost authorities on Ancient Egypt,The ancient Egyptians are an enduring source of fascination mummies and pyramids, curses and rituals have captured our imaginations for generations We all have a mental picture of ancient Egypt, but is it the right one How much do we really know about this once great civilization In this absorbing introduction, Ian Shaw, one of the foremost authorities on Ancient Egypt, describes how our current ideas about Egypt are based not only on the thrilling discoveries made by early Egyptologists but also on fascinating new kinds of evidence produced by modern scientific and linguistic analyses He also explores the changing influences on our responses to these finds, by examining the impact of Egyptology on various aspects of popular culture such as literature, cinema, opera, and contemporary art He considers all aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, from tombs and mummies to the discovery of artifacts and the decipherment of hieroglyphs, and from despotic pharaohs to animal headed gods From the general reader interested in Ancient Egypt, to students and teachers of ancient history and archaeology, to museum goers, this Very Short Introduction will not disappoint.

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    1. MelissaJeanette

      I really enjoyed this, but it's not at all what I thought it would be. I was expecting a short history of Ancient Egypt, which this is not. It's mostly about Egyptology. It goes over how well known ideas of ancient Egypt got their start (sometimes through interpreting scenes from a single artifact!), and how further excavations showed those theories to be too simplistic or flat out wrong. I would have given the book five stars, except I don't think it makes a very good introduction at all. In fa [...]

    2. Ahmad Sharabiani

      Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #112), Ian ShawThe ancient Egyptians are an enduring source of fascination--mummies and pyramids, curses and rituals have captured our imaginations for generations. We all have a mental picture of ancient Egypt, but is it the right one? How much do we really know about this once great civilization? In this absorbing introduction, Ian Shaw, one of the foremost authorities on Ancient Egypt, describes how our current ideas about Egy [...]

    3. Bettie☯

      ~4.6 hoursFab series this, just right for a quick refresh. Narmer Palette - a major theme in this introduction.3* Ancient Egypt3* Paul

    4. Tom

      This book is about both ancient Egypt and Egyptology as a discipline. It provides a way into the study of ancient Egypt (as might be expected from a "Very Short Introduction"), but doesn't attempt to offer a comprehensive overview of the history. Instead, each thematic chapter (apart from the last chapter) takes as its starting point a part of the decoration of the Narmer Palette relevant to the theme (khanacademy/humanitie) and then expands that out into a general discussion encompassing the hi [...]

    5. Keeley

      Interesting, thought-provoking and concise, but not what I was looking for in a brief overview of Ancient Egypt. The book does not contain a clearly organized overview of the sort of topics one might expect in, say, a class on "Ancient Egypt": who were the major Egyptian gods? when were the regnal dates of the most well-known Egyptian pharaohs? how did Egyptian society come under the rule of Alexander and, later, the Romans? For me at least it raised more questions than it answered; not that tha [...]

    6. Lucy Barnhouse

      This is a delightfully readable as well as a deeply erudite book. It provides both a very useful thematic survey of the history of ancient Egypt (from the prehistoric period to beyond Alexander) and a trenchant, up-to-date, gleefully myth-busting survey of the history of Egyptology.

    7. Thomas

      I found it frustrating that a book entitled “A Very Short Introduction” to Ancient Egypt was so reliant on the reader starting with a background knowledge of the dynasties, pharaohs and places of Ancient Egypt. This would have been a more accessible read if less time was spent talking about the Narmer Palette (the author pretty much relates everything back to this artefact!), specifics of particular finds and misdirections of Egyptology, and more time was spent addressing how public percepti [...]

    8. Daphne

      It's been a few years since I've read any specifically Egyptian history, so picking this one up over a few hours was a great refresher for my brain to make sure none of the information I already had in there had dissolved or shaken itself lose. I did get a distinct feeling during reading this though. That was that if this really was someone's "introduction" to Ancient Egypt then they'd just have had so much information thrown at them that they would most likely get lost and absorb none of it. Th [...]

    9. Aron

      As often true for books in this series, this book isn't what the title suggests. While it does cover the topic, the focus is more about Egyptology than Egypt. He does cover Ancient Egypt, not chronologically but topically, and he does a decent job given the vastness of the topic & shortness of the book. But my guess is if you know nothing on the topic, this book will be very confusing. However, if you do know the general outlines of Egyptian history, this book gives you interesting insights [...]

    10. Daniel Wright

      Chapter 1: Introduction: The story so farChapter 2: Discovering and inventing: constructing ancient EgyptChapter 3: History: building chronologies and writing historiesChapter 4: Writing: the origins and implications of hieroglyphsChapter 5: Kingship: stereotyping and the 'oriental despot'Chapter 6: Identity: issues of ethnicity, race, and genderChapter 7: Death: mummification, dismemberment, and the cult of OsirisChapter 8: Religion: Egyptian gods and templesChapter 9: Egyptomania: the recyclin [...]

    11. Edmund

      A terrible introduction to Egyptology rather than to Egypt, and even then it is poorly done. You are better off with a decent bibliographical essay than this book.

    12. Simon

      It isn't really about ancient Egypt, rather it's about the research concerning ancient Egypt ("Egyptology") and the main researchers. A misleading title in my view.

    13. Dorothée

      What a boring book. I can't believe I actually got through it all. If I could, I would give it half a star. I'm fascinated by ancient Egypt and was looking forward to reading this VSI, but it turned out to be more about Egyptology with Ian Shaw droning on about archeology and unable to refrain from mentioning at least 50 different archeologists/egyptologists along with their book titles and years of whatever. If someone would read this without any background info already, I doubt they would enjo [...]

    14. William1

      Ian Shaw provides an overview of Egyptian civilization by way of a single proto-Dynastic antiquity called the Narmer Palette. Especially interesting for this reader was his emphasis on the way in which our perception of Pharonic Egypt is skewed because of the almost random traces left behind by that civilization. He suggests that it was not necessarily a death-focused culture, as our modern day view has it, but one very much involved in life and the perpetuation of the state. How else could it h [...]

    15. Lizzy

      I really loved this introduction to ancient Egypt, for years I've been mesmerised by the period and have never read much into it. They're infinitely fascinating and the debates that are still going on today (such as with the representation of gods as humans and Nefertiti) are really interesting to read into! The second half of the book was probably the most engaging for me but great reference to the Narmer Pallette all the way through as a key object for so many points in their culture and ideol [...]

    16. Chris

      I've read only one other book in this series but this seems a remarkably good attempt at a succinct introduction to Egyptology. It probably helps to read an overarching narrative of Egyptian history first, as I did, because here Shaw focuses on the history of Egyptology as much as he does the history of Egypt.

    17. Victor Sonkin

      Not a history, but a competent and idiosyncratic overview of the current state of Egyptology. Those who are not satisfied might look up some of the titles listed under 'Further Reading'. Actually, this is better than a history, because it gives the reader tools to move on. One of the better examples of the VSI genre.

    18. Milo

      Utter crap. Mostly consists of talking about different types of silt and how you can use your (soon to be extensive) knowledge of silt to identify where a fucking pot came from. The only impact this book is capable of is if you threw it at someone.

    19. Bonni

      I love this series! Honestly, of what I've read from the 2 I have, they are hilarious! And so accurate (although, they're supposed to be) After this one and the Archaeology one, I'm very interested in reading more of the others, just for fun. Honestly the best text book I have ever read!

    20. Carmen

      Very detailed and highly abbreviated history of ancient Egypt. I'd recommend other books if you were looking to fully understand governmental and societal procedures from that time, but it's a good introduction if you're looking into other cultural aspects, such as hieroglyphics.

    21. Jenna

      I didn't end up readying all of this, but enough to get the gist. It's more of an overview of the filed of Egyptology with discussion of various historical periods and questions rather than a straight up history. I found it gave a useful perspective for site-seeing in Egypt.

    22. James

      A good summary of ancient Egyptian history. The last chapter earned it my fifth star, with its dryly scathing critique of what modern culture has done with Egypt, from novels to movies to space alien visitations.

    23. Joshua Horvath

      A more accurate title would have been "The Science Egyptology: A Very Short Introduction." That said, the book is very good.

    24. Ed Finn

      I learned more about Egyptologists and their wacky hijinks than I did about ancient Egypt. Still, a reasonably entertaining introduction if you want to learn how they figured things out.

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