Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (Facts on File Library of by Margaret Bunson

By Margaret Bunson

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"...recommended for high-school and public libraries and for smaller educational libraries wanting a short and present Egyptology reference...a solid single-volume advent to the topic."--Booklist

"...contains a wealth of data on old Egypt...Recommended."--Library Media Connection

"This authoritative revision on a perennially well known topic is an bold, and on all counts profitable exam of the tradition of old Egypt...accessible...Libraries should want to buy this source for college students, historic civilization lovers, and common readers."--School Library Journal

Ranging from Egypt's predynastic cultures to the suicides of Cleopatra and Marc Antony in 30 BCE, Encyclopedia of old Egypt, 3rd version contains greater than 2,300 distinctive entries, every one completely reviewed and up to date to mirror fresh advances in scholarship.

In addition to the most recent discoveries and excavations, new back and front subject goods were additional to this finished source, together with an appendix at the research of historical Egypt, a word list, a ancient review part, and a geographical review section.

Coverage includes:

-Alexander [III] the good
-Cleopatra VII
-Dier el-Bahri
-Valley of the Kings
-and extra.

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He spoke of the god as a celestial pharaoh, using the sun disks and its illuminating rays as symbols of creation. Akhenaten’s hymn to Aten, discovered in the tomb of Aya in ’Amarna, provides the universal theme of worship that he tried to promote throughout the land. His agents, however, began a program of destruction that violated the other temples and shrines of Egypt, dismaying the common populace and making Aten unpopular. SMENKHARÉ, a relative of Akhenaten, and the husband of Meryt-Amun, is believed by some scholars to have been Nefertiti in assumed guise, serving for a time as coregent.

There appear to have been some religious restrictions regarding the eating of at least one particular type of fish in particular districts. This custom was observed by priests and by the upper classes, while commoners gathered whatever came their way. The Nile also provided a variety of waterfowl, which were caught in clap-nets and taken to poultry yards for slaughter. The two halves of the net were spread over an area and then snapped shut to ensnare the fowl. These fowl, however, were probably reserved for the upper classes.

See also CALENDAR; SEASONS. akhet (2) See HORIZON. 20 Akhetaten Akhetaten See ’AMARNA, EL-. Akhethotep (fl. ) Official of the Fifth Dynasty and the son of the vizier Ptah-hotep Akhethotep served NIUSERRÉ (r. ) as VIZIER, a position also held by his father before him. He also served as a judge and as an overseer of priests involved in the MORTUARY RITUALS conducted at the pyramids of deceased pharaohs. His grandson, PTAH-HOTEP (2), the great sage famous for his Maxims, was buried in an alcove of Akhethotep’s tomb.

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