A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the by John Romer

By John Romer

The old international involves existence within the first quantity in a booklet sequence at the historical past of Egypt, spanning the first farmers to the development of the pyramids. Famed archaeologist John Romer attracts on a life of study to tell one history's maximum tales; how, over greater than one thousand years, a society of farmers created a wealthy, bright global the place the most striking of all human-made landmarks, the good Pyramid, used to be built. Immersing the reader within the Egypt of the previous, Romer examines and demanding situations the long-held theories approximately what archaeological reveals suggest and what stories they inform approximately how the Egyptians lived. greater than simply an account of 1 of the main attention-grabbing sessions of historical past, this engrossing ebook asks readers to take a step again and query what they've realized approximately Egypt long ago. lovers of Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra and background buffs might be captivated through this re-telling of Egyptian historical past, written by means of one of many best Egyptologists on the planet.

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In this way, as well as a being a religious duty, the operation of the cult of a god brought with it practical benefits for the priests concerned. This system was also used by kings to create a substantial real estate portfolio for their own mortuary cult: for instance, at Dahshur, King Snefru listed estates all over Egypt whose produce would flow to the pyramid complex in order to provide offerings for the dead king and to pay the priesthood which served the cult of that king. Ka-Priests and Funerary Estates The ‘Reversion of Offerings’ system which could serve the needs of temple gods and royal mortuary cults could also, albeit on a smaller scale, provide offerings for the tomb-owner without relying on the beneficence of future generations.

Does it roam the world in an incorporeal state? Does it exist at all? For the Egyptians the multiple possibilities provided by the multiplicity 20 Nameless Lives at Tarkhan and Saqqara of personal spiritual forms were a source of varied opportunities for a beneficial afterlife, but also multiple potential problems. Another factor which needs to be taken into consideration is the ways in which expectations of an afterlife changed over time. Although there was no fundamental revolution in the ways the Egyptians viewed the afterlife, there was a gradual agglomeration of possibilities – new possibilities were added to older ones without necessarily replacing them.

Like the later pyramid builders of Dynasty 4, Djoser’s achievement was to create a structure which became part of the landscape. 3). The technology of its construction shows a series of individual phases, moving from the familiar to the experimental. 3 The Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara 30 Pits, Palaces and Pyramids galleries – but in a new building material, limestone. After the enlargement of the mastaba, the decision was taken to grow the tomb upwards by creating first a four- and then a six-stepped structure.

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