The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt

The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt Review

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 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 more. 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.

Title:The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt
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  • 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 scho...

  • 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...

  • 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 f...

  • 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 re...

  • Sam

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

  • 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 lo...

  • 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 rese...

  • 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 Palae...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...