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ANCIENT EGYPT IN AFRICA (Encounters With Ancient Egypt) Paperback – April 15, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1598742053 ISBN-10: 1598742051

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  • Series: Encounters With Ancient Egypt
  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press (April 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598742051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598742053
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,719,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book should be essential reading for any African archaeologist or historian—or indeed any archaeologist whatever their persuasion—and will undoubtedly provoke, as the volume editors have suggested, renewed archaeological interest in the problem of relating Egypt more directly to its African context." - Niall Finneran, African Archaeological Review

"Ancient Egypt in Africa presents twelve probing essays addressing aspects of the question, "To what extent can ancient Egyptian civilization be characterized as ‘African’?”…O’Connor and Reid’s introduction provides a fascinating overview of how current ideas about ancient Egypt and Africa have been shaped and distorted by modern ethnic, cultural, and religious bias…the essays document the conflicting and changing views of ancient Egypt within Africa, and examine recent archaeological work in Africa that renders irrelevant race-based theory, creates a more sophisticated view of ancient African cultural diversity, and offers commonsense directions for future research…should be required reading for all serious students of Egyptology, Africana, and African Studies." - Timothy Kendall, African Studies Review

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This book considers the evidence for actual contacts between Egypt and other early African cultures, and how influential, or not, Egypt was on them.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Cardova on October 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Excellent roundup of scholarship and hard data showing African foundations of Ancient Egypt.
Just some examples of this detailed scholarship....

".. but his [Frankfort's] frequent citations from African ethnography- over 60 are listed in the index- demonstrate that there is a powerful resonance between recent African concepts and practice on one hand, and ancient Egyptian kingship and religion on the other.."

Rowlands (Chapter 4) provides much additional evidence suggesting that 'sub-Saharan Africa and Ancient Egypt share certain commonalities in substantiative images and ideas, yet whose cultural forms display differences consistent with perhaps millennia of historical divergence and institutionalization'.

"First, kingship in Egypt was 'the channel through which the powers of nature flowed into the body politic to bring human endeavour to fruition' and thus was closely analogous to the widespread African belief that 'chieftains entertain closer relationship with the powers in nature than other men' (Frankfort 1948: 33, ch. 2). Second, the Egyptian king's metaphorical identification as an all powerful bull who tramples his enemies and inseminates his cow-mother to achieve regeneration was derived from Egyptian ideas and beliefs abut cattle for which best parallels can be found in some, but not all, recent African societies.."

"Like the chiefs discussed by Rowlands, the king combines 'life giving forces with the power to kill" (Rowlands, CHaptr 4:52).
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