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Society and Death in Ancient Egypt: Mortuary Landscapes of the Middle Kingdom [Paperback]

Janet Richards
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September 17, 2009 0521119839 978-0521119832
In Society and Death in Ancient Egypt, Janet Richards considers social stratification in Middle Kingdom Egypt, taking as the point of departure the assumption that a 'middle class' arose during this period. By focusing on the entire range of mortuary behavior, rather than on elite remains, she shows how social and political processes can be reconstructed. Richards demonstrates that the roots of the middle class can be traced to the later Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period. Combining information from excavations, ancient Egyptian texts, and decorative reliefs and statuary, the book weaves together a wide variety of sources that aid us in understanding how Middle Kingdom Egyptians thought about society and death and how their practices and landscapes relating to death reveal information about the living society.

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"In addition to determining differences, both within cemeteries and between cemeteries, Richards furnishes compelling evidence of class distinctions among nonelite graves. The book should be of interest to scholars and advanced students of archaeology, anthropology, and Egyptian funerary beliefs." - Denise M. Doxey, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Janet Richards considers social stratification in Middle Kingdom Egypt, exploring the assumption that a 'middle class' arose during this period. By focusing on the entire range of mortuary behavior, she shows how Middle Kingdom Egyptian practices and landscapes relating to death reveal information about the living society.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521119839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521119832
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,483,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A scholar's work December 8, 2010
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I have an amateur's interest in ancient Egypt, and a modest library supporting this, including some definitely scholarly books. However, this book is much more scholarly than I had hoped. I will use it as a reference, but have read only small portions of it. I did read with satisfaction the portion pertaining to the Middle Egyptian royal city of El-Lahun because of interest generated by others of my books. I am sure that this book is a respected member on the shelves of academic libraries.
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