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Never Had the Like Occurred: Egypt's View of Its Past (Encounters with Ancient Egypt) Paperback – November 4, 2003
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The first chapter after the introduction looks at the Egyptian perception of remote mythic history, when various gods were said to have ruled for thousands upon thousands of years before being succeeded by human kings, and the distant future. The next few chapters focus on Egyptian art, in which the style of past eras was often imitated or adapted to create a sense of a return to the past. Two more discuss a similar phenomenon in Egyptian literature. The next chapter looks at the first millennium BC, when Egypt's weakened position in the world made it increasingly conscious of its own Bronze Age past—at the same time that the Greeks and the Jews were mythologizing their own Bronze Age backgrounds, ultimately giving us the Greek hero myths and the early books of the Bible. The last few chapters look at the Ptolemaic period, with an odd but somewhat interesting digression on heirlooms—any object passed down for more than one generation—and what role they might have played in Egyptian society.Read more ›