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The Egyptians

The Egyptians is a vibrant, accessible introduction to the people who lived along the Nile for almost thirty-five centuries. In this collection of essays, eleven internationally renowned Egyptologists present studies of ancient Egyptians arranged by social type—slaves, craftsmen, priests, bureaucrats, the pharaoh, peasants, and women, among others. These individual essays are filled with a wealth of historical detail that both informs and fascinates: we learn, for example, that Egyptian peasants could not afford burial (their corpses were abandoned on the desert fringe), and that it was the bureaucrats who made the Egyptian system tick (the pyramids could not have been built without them).

Read consecutively, the portraits merge to create a larger picture of Egyptian culture, state, and society. The framework of the Egyptian state, in particular, is touched upon in each essay, describing the meticulous administration and well-organized hierarchical system that fostered centuries of stability and prosperity.

378 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1997


History: African History

Table of Contents

Sergio Donadoni
1: Peasants
Ricardo A. Caminos
2: Craftsmen
Dominique Valbelle
3: Scribes
Alessandro Roccati
4: Bureaucrats
Oleg Berlev
5: Priests
Sergio Pernigotti
6: Soldiers
Sheikh ’Ibada al-Nubi
7: Slaves
Antonio Loprieno
8: Foreigners
Edda Bresciani
9: The Dead
Sergio Donadoni
10: The Pharaoh
Erik Hornung
11: Women
Erika Feucht

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