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In the Shadow of the Pyramids: Egypt during the Old Kingdom (Echoes of the Ancient World) Paperback – December 15, 1992

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This slim volume contains 120 color plates by photographer Forman and many special insights into the daily lives of Old Kingdom Egyptians by Malek of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford. We move from the unification under Narmer through the politics, economics, social structure, and religion of the Old Kingdom, witnessing the development of manufacturing and agriculture, the rise of the necropolis and the royal cult establishments, to an awareness of the interrelationship of these factors as a cause of the Old Kingdom's decline. This was a societysurprisingly democratic and creativewhich was undone by the flaws inherent in the very system which made it great. The plates in this large-format book are excellent, but of no new subjects; the text presents no new facts, but gives a good summation. Fine for general collections. Jo-Ann D. Suleiman, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. Lib., Greenbelt, Md.
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"This slim volume contains 120 color plates by photographer Forman and many special insights into the daily lives of Old Kingdom Egyptians by Malek of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford."
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Product Details

  • Series: Echoes of the Ancient World
  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (December 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806124660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806120270
  • ASIN: 0806120274
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 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: #2,084,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is a slim volume depicting in vivid detail the daily lives of the Ancient Egyptians. A crucial component of this presentation is the marvelous 120 colour plates strategically located to provide a balanced effect and overview. Nothing escapes the author's keen grasp : the Terminal Predynastic, the Early Dynastic with the continually evolving social structure, the economic basis of the country, agriculture, the rise of the necropolis and the funeral cult estates, and how all these factors combined eventually to bring about the downfall of the Old Kingdom. The author demolishes the popular misconception that this was a dictatorial period. It is a creative work for all and serves as a valuable introduction to the beginnings of Ancient Egypt.
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