Ancient Egypt Investigated : 101 Important Questions and Intriguing Answers
by Thomas Schneider
Editor: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
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How do we really know ancient Egypt?The Egyptian world seems so familiar to us: exhibitions of ancient art and archaeological discoveries in the desert sands continue to generate interest and amazement, while Egyptian motifs appear in architecture, literature, works of art, advertising and films.And yet, this modern reception can sometimes retain the myths and inaccuracies about ancient Egypt that derive from classical antiquity and the Renaissance.It is only in the last 200 years that we have been able to read for ourselves the ancient Egyptian texts and reveal the true nature of its civilization through excavation.This modern discovery of ancient Egypt is now to surprise us with a culture of incomparable richness and remarkable diversity.This is what the internationally acclaimed Egyptologist Thomas Schneider tries to do:”What are the most important and unique questions 101 about ancient Egypt?The questions he has chosen – and the answers he provides – challenge almost everything we thought we knew about the ancient civilization of the Nile Valley.They range from the surprising (“why Egyptian elite does not wear beards?) to the deep (“was ancient Egypt an ancient culture of death”).) and provocation (“what we still don’t know about Ancient Egypt”) and provocation (“what we still don’t know about Ancient Egypt”).) but all the answers are surprising, inspiring and challenging a wide range of readers.In the process, they provide a completely new way of looking at all aspects of ancient Egypt-from history, art and daily life to religion and ancient attitudes to death and beyond.
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