The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt

The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt Blending vividly written essays and over a hundred attractive illustrations including color plates The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is a stunningly designed and authoritative account of the once

  • Title: The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt
  • Author: Ian Shaw
  • ISBN: 9780198150343
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Blending vividly written essays and over a hundred attractive illustrations including 32 color plates The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is a stunningly designed and authoritative account of the once glorious civilization on the Nile Ranging from 700,000 BC to 311 AD, this volume portrays the emergence and development of Egypt from its prehistoric roots to its conquestBlending vividly written essays and over a hundred attractive illustrations including 32 color plates The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is a stunningly designed and authoritative account of the once glorious civilization on the Nile Ranging from 700,000 BC to 311 AD, this volume portrays the emergence and development of Egypt from its prehistoric roots to its conquest by the Roman Empire The contributors all leading scholars working at the cutting edge of Egyptology incorporate the latest findings in archaeological research as they chart the principal political events of Egyptian history, from the rise of the Pharaohs and the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great, to the ascension of the Ptolemies and the coming of Roman legions The book also includes the first detailed examinations of three periods which were previously regarded as dark ages Against the backdrop of the birth and death of ruling dynasties, the writers also examine cultural and social patterns, including stylistic developments in art and literature, monumental architecture, funerary beliefs, and much The contributors illuminate the underlying patterns of social and political change and 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 people as a whole The only up to date, single volume history of ancient Egypt available in English, The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is a must read for everyone interested in one of the great civilizations of antiquity.

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    1. Jer Wilcoxen

      Great survey volume for those who already have a grip on historical and archaeological practices and terminology. Not a volume for those with no prior interest or study of history outside of high school. If a reader is just beginning to wonder about ancient Egyptian history, they should hold off reading this and pick up a few of the basic historical atlases first to acclimate and educate themselves on some of the ways we've deduced the knowledge collected in this book. Diving right into this boo [...]

    2. Alex Telander

      The Oxford University Press, as many of you scholars already know, is famed for producing inimitable compendiums and texts that anyone interested in history or literature simply must own. And the have done it again with The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt. While the book is pretty small for encompassing an entire civilization of dynasties, gods, beliefs, and thousands of years of ancient happenings, it nevertheless somehow manages to do the job. With tons of black and white photos, as well as ma [...]

    3. Jeremy Hurd-McKenney

      The unintentionally humorous reviews on the back say it all--"full of facts," raved one critic, while another proclaimed, "if you only want to read one book about Ancient Egypt, make it this one." I found both statements to be accurate.In large part a very dry read; the chapters smacked of "please read my thesis," but amid all the stuffy academia, there was quite a bit of interesting information. Many of the authors seemed weirdly obsessed with pottery.

    4. Daniel

      Serious history book, works great as a reference. A hard slog if you read it cover to cover and you are relatively new to digging around Ancient Egypt. As expected, the chapters that deal with more recent times were more interesting, particularly the sections that reference the intersection of Ancient Egypt with peoples of the Bible, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. I would have enjoyed more pictures of the architecture and art that are referenced in the text; perhaps the hardcover has these?

    5. Sam

      As dry as the mummies described, but covering something like 10,000 years of history is going to lean that way.

    6. Ryan

      The Oxford History of Ancient EgyptIan Shaw (Credited)Read it in paper back at a very long 554 pages.OTC Historic Side Pots first read, and what a challenging beginning to this whole shenanigans. A lot of us have a pretty big interest in history (even though we all like different time periods), so we decided on four books this year to start delving into Ancient History. The Mediterranean has the most easily identifiable and well documented history, thus we started with Egypt. Ian Shaw is credite [...]

    7. Yasser Maniram

      Preface: Read this surgically during an Ancient Egypt course at University.Complete with maps and other relevant images, Shaw's "History of Ancient Egypt" combines history with anthropology. Well researched with an extensive "Further Reading" section, this is a must-have for anyone interested in a specific period of Egypt's history or just a general background of what happened between the Palaeolithic and the Roman Period. Pros: Extensive. Something for everyone, the casual reader and the resear [...]

    8. Siria

      This is a really excellent collaborative history of Ancient Egypt—though dense and detailed enough that it's probably only for the serious Egyptophile or the aspiring student. It runs from the Palaeolithic era right through to the post-Ptolemaic period, which is an enormous time frame, but Shaw and the other contributors do a good job of addressing all the main developments and key events—the only real disappointment is the chapter on the Amarna period, which fails to be as comprehensive as [...]

    9. Sean

      Chock full of information, not easy reading. Very dry and achaeological. Many long lists of kings. And pottery, lots of pottery. I certainly know far more about ancient Egypt than ever before, that's for sure.

    10. Sean Brennan

      Obviously Written by an aerchaeologist I can say I learnt absolutely nothing about Ancient Egypt, One would think that the only people of any importance was the Pharoeh and the only things of interest were their burials! Awful!

    11. Keith Roe

      This one took a while to finish. The blurb on the cover says, "if you're only going to read one book on Ancient Egypt, this should be the one." I agree, this book by a variety of authors is very thorough and covers everything we know from the stone age up to the Romans. I like the details of the archaeology involved, but the most significant fact I got from this book is the scarcity of knowledge we have about this culture. We really know very little about what actually happened in those times. T [...]

    12. Phil

      This is part of my efforts to read behind a World History course that I'm currently teaching. I left the Near East and Egypt for last because I was relatively well acquainted with the material. This is, of course, a collection of different scholars and gives a series of perspectives. The studies are uniformly strong contributions and give a detailed survey of the ancient Egyptian period. This is an excellent place to start a study of Egypt's history and quite readable.

    13. Stephen Simpson

      Very academic and dry. The only way to create a book covering the whole of ancient Egyptian civilization without going into thousands of pages is to exclude a lot, and that's the case here. It's mostly focused on political developments, with very little about culture, architecture, military battles, and so on.

    14. RENATO

      One of the best introductions to Ancient Egypt history including more aspects of the ancient society (geographical, archaeological etc).

    15. Ryan

      The Oxford History of Ancient EgyptIan Shaw (Credited)Read it in paper back at a very long 554 pages.OTC Historic Side Pots first read, and what a challenging beginning to this whole shenanigans. A lot of us have a pretty big interest in history (even though we all like different time periods), so we decided on four books this year to start delving into Ancient History. The Mediterranean has the most easily identifiable and well documented history, thus we started with Egypt. Ian Shaw is credite [...]

    16. Andrew

      Truth be told, I wavered a great deal on rating this one, and never quite made up my mind as to whether to go with three or four stars. I finally opted for four because the scholarship is simply top-notch. Let me start my review, however, by discussing the minuses. The biggest problem is that this book will not be very accessible unless you've already got a basic and passing familiarity with the history of Ancient Egypt. If you go into this one having only encountered Egypt back in the first uni [...]

    17. Emma Bain

      I remember flipping through this plenty of times in primay and high school in the libraries and i honestly love it, it gives lots of nice pictures to look at on each page (at least the Hardback does anyway), with all the facts and information next to it, it's one of the books i picked up a lot to read during library group day because i'm really intrerested in Ancient Egypt, i reccomend it to read or flip through if you wish to learn more about Ancient Egypt, it's one of the easier books to get y [...]

    18. Carlos

      This was probably the best “The Oxford History of”-book that I’ve read. Shaw does a wonderful job stitching the chapters into a coherent tapestry and the individual authors, for the most part, do a great job in describing their respective eras. The best feature by far is that none of the authors get hung up on detailing each of the over one hundred pharaohs that ruled Egypt and focus more on the large scale trend wherein each fit. This made the book easily accessible to a lay reader who ma [...]

    19. Paul Haspel

      The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is thorough -- very thorough, in a manner characteristic of the Oxford histories. Eminent scholars from Europe, North America, and Australia (though, oddly, no scholars from Egyptian universities) contribute different chapters, and a complete picture of pharaonic society emerges over the course of the book. Rather than reading this dense and demanding text chronologically, you may find it easier to pick out your own particular area of interest and read those p [...]

    20. Tamra

      Slow-going. Written for people who, umm, already know what the authors are talking about (the terms, areas, etc.), which I don't. I enjoy it anyway, it just slows down the process.I skipped most of the pre-history pre-history chapter, because it's not surprising how much we DON'T know about that time period: "People may or may not have lived in this particular area and possibly could have done this with their time, but we don't really know for sure." Repeat that sentence about 200 times and you [...]

    21. Royce

      This is a great, concise history of Egyptian from pre-history to the Roman period, with emphasis on dynastic Egypt. It has two main limitations, however, which are sort of related: one is that it assumes quite a bit of prior knowledge about archeology and ancient Egypt. The other is that the book suffers from a real lack of maps. So if you know a lot about Egypt already, and know your geography (including the Egyptian, Greek and Arabic names of cities) you'll be fine. But then you might not have [...]

    22. Barnaby Thieme

      Dryer than it needs to be. Each period is documented by a different author, so it is inevitably uneven. As is so often the case with history books, I wonder why they don't focus a little more on cultural history. The names of kings and the dates of invasions don't tell us more about a people than the character of their culture or beliefs. Still, this book seems to be widely regarded as the basic historic intro, and purely on those terms it succeeds well enough. It could have used more better map [...]

    23. Ian Lepine

      An incredibly dry read. At times this book appears more like a catalogue of grave goods than any comprehensive narrative. I'm sure some professional archaeologists and egyptologists would find it very useful, but if you're reading this as part of an introductory course, you'll be bored to death. As another reviewer put it, a lot of the authors here have a weird obsession with pottery.

    24. S.L. Stevens

      This was the textbook for my Egyptian history class at the American University in Cairo in 2007. It is an excellent introduction to Egyptian history, from its origins in prehistory to its end in the Roman era. Try to get a copy that has photographs in it. It will probably be more expensive but worth it.

    25. Katie

      Delightfully concise, with an excellent and useful bibliography. A good starting point for anyone interested in studying Ancient Egypt. I would recommend this book to anyone without solid grounding in Ancient Egyptian history and culture.

    26. Reem Afifi

      Great book, very thorough and went beyond the political and dynastic timelines to the various aspects of life in Ancient Egypt. However, the language /wording of the book is too "convoluted" so you have to read each sentence 2-3 times tp get the idea

    27. Lana

      Comprehensive and well-researched. An excellent resource for armchair Egyptologists and professionals alike.

    28. Kristin

      Dry in parts but fascinating in others (the result of having different authors for different chapters) but always enlightening and factual.

    29. Michele

      This has been described to me as one of the best texts for ancient Egyptian history, but it's very tedious. Not easy to read, but full of information.

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