A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid
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The ancient world comes to life in the first volume in a two book series on the history of Egypt, spanning the first farmers to the construction of the pyramids. Famed archaeologist John Romer draws on a lifetime of research to tell one history's greatest stories; how, over more than a thousand years, a society of farmers created a rich, vivid world where one of the most astounding of all human-made landmarks, the Great Pyramid, was built. Immersing the reader in the Egypt of the past, Romer examines and challenges the long-held theories about what archaeological finds mean and what stories they tell about how the Egyptians lived. More than just an account of one of the most fascinating periods of history, this engrossing book asks readers to take a step back and question what they've learned about Egypt in the past. Fans of Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra and history buffs will be captivated by this re-telling of Egyptian history, written by one of the top Egyptologists in the world.
some of the dummy buildings in King Djoser’s own enclosure, whose varied architecture, like the cache of vases, is itself a grand collection of much older forms. At all events, there was, clearly, a whole lot of thinking going on inside King Djoser’s funerary enclosure: nothing less than a reprise, an architectural restatement, of the royal presence in the regions of the lower Nile. Its very form, indeed, those long white walls with the niched patterns of the serekh and the palace façade, was
Darnell’s various preliminary accounts of her ‘Rayayna Culture’ on the splendid website of the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. The first publication and explication of the Sequence Dating System is W. M. Flinders Petrie, Diospolis Parva: the cemeteries of Abadiyeh and Hu (London, 1901). Stan Hendrickx, ‘The Relative Chronology of the Naqada Culture: problems and possibilities’ in AEE, provides a commentary upon the system’s subsequent refinement and also a description of Werner
sound of words. This then, is where Egypt’s written history finds its true origins. During the entire Naqadan period – and this in a region which had previously sustained a diversity of cultures – the dominant culture in Mesopotamia was one that is now named after a celebrated ancient settlement in south Iraq known as the city of Uruk. Like the contemporary though far smaller settlements along the lower Nile, the period of this so-called Uruk culture was one of communities of farmers who
it is hardly surprising that this unique community developed an obsessive concern with the supply and control of materials and food, an obsession that would dominate the nature and activity of the pharaonic state down to its very ending. So, in the generations before King Narmer, the mythic city of archaic Memphis may not have been a settlement at all but a gathering of the houses of managers, workers and controllers set beside some shipyards, docks and storage magazines that had been built to
the tomb U-j, which lies less than a hundred yards from the later royal tombs of the Umm el-Qa’ab. That King Narmer’s tomb, or, at least, the structure at which various loose objects that bear his name were excavated, lies between the cemetery which includes tomb U-j and the later royal tombs, had led to the suggestion that the early cemetery was the burial place of ‘predynastic’ kings. Narmer’s tomb, indeed, is in that same tradition, for it is a simple, thin-walled mud-brick construction,